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Winter Fuel Payments

What is it?

The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax free payment to people over pension credit age. For winter 2021 to 2022 this covers people born on or before 26 September 1955.

Despite the name the Winter Fuel Payment is not linked to expenditure on fuel. It is also not means-tested and you can get it whether you are still working or claiming any benefits.

How much will I get?

How much you get depends on your circumstances during the qualifying week. The qualifying week for winter 2021 to 2022 is 20 to 26 September 2021.

Circumstance Born between 27 September 1941 and 26 September 1955 Born on or before 26 September 1941
You qualify and live alone (or none of the people you live with qualify) £200 £300
You qualify and get one of the benefits listed** £200 £300
You live with someone under 80 who also qualifies £100 £200
You live with someone 80 or over who also qualifies £100 £150
You qualify and live with your partner or civil partner and they get one of the benefits listed** Nil*** Nil***
You qualify but live in a care home and don’t get one of the benefits listed** £100 £150

** Benefits: Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Income Support

*** Your partner getting the benefit will get the Winter Fuel Payment on your behalf

Who doesn't qualify

You can not get a Winter Fuel Payment if you are in hospital for more than 52 weeks, were in prison for the whole week from 20 to 26 September 2021 or lived in a care home for the whole time from 28 June to 26 September 2021.

You also cannot get it if you need permission to enter the UK and your granted leave states that you cannot claim public funds.

How do I claim?

You have received a Winter Fuel Payment before

If you have previously received a Winter Fuel Payment and there has been no change to your circumstances, you don’t need to reapply. You should automatically get your payment this year.

You have not received a Winter Fuel Payment before

To apply you can complete a claim form. Claims must be made by 31 March 2022.

To claim call the Winter Fuel Payment Helpline on 0800 731 0160. Alternatively you can claim by post using the relevant form based on where you currently live - claim form if you live in the UK or claim form if you live in Switzerland or an eligible EEA country.