What is a Winter Fuel Payment?

It's a tax free payment from the government to help with the cost of heating your home.

If you are eligible for a Winter Fuel Payment, you could be paid between 100 and 300 during November or December.

How else can you save money?

You can save hundreds of pounds each year by switching to a new supplier. You can do this by using uSwitch's online energy comparison, or by calling them on 0800 049 7379.

You can also speak to your existing supplier about moving to a cheaper tariff. For example, paying for your gas and electricity together on a dual fuel tariff could save you money.

Here is more information about choosing the right energy tariff.

Do you qualify for Winter Fuel Payments?

You may be able to claim for Winter Fuel Payments if:

  • You were born on or before 5th August 1953 (to be eligible for the financial year April 2017 to March 2018)

  • You will be living in the UK for at least one day during the qualifying week of 18th to 24th September 2017

You cannot claim if you:

  • Are in prison during the qualifying week

  • Are in hospital getting free treatment for more than a year

  • Need permission to be in the UK, and you aren't allowed to claim public funds

You also cannot claim if you have lived in a care home from 26th June to 18th September 2017, and received:

  • Pension Credit

  • Income Support

  • Income based Jobseeker's Allowance

  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance

How do you claim?

You should automatically get your Winter Fuel Payment paid to you if you receive:

  • A State Pension

  • Housing Benefit

  • Council Tax Reduction

  • Child Benefit

  • Universal Credit

You will also get automatically paid if you get a State Pension or benefits, but live in Switzerland or in an EAA country.

If you haven't claimed before and think you are eligible for a Winter Fuel Payment, you can claim by:

  • Completing the form on the GOV.UK website

  • Calling the Winter Fuel Payment helpline on 03549 15 15 15

You will need to submit your claim by 31st March 2018, to receive a payment for winter 2017/18.

If you were paid a Winter Fuel Payment last year and your circumstances haven't changed, you should automatically be paid again this year.

Can you donate your Winter Fuel Payment?

Yes, if you are eligible for a Winter Fuel Payment but can afford the cost of your heating, you could donate your lump sum to help vulnerable people this winter.

What is a Cold Weather Payment?

A Cold Weather Payment is designed to help with the cost of heating your home if you're on a low income. It is payable at times of year when it's particularly cold where you live.

You will be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment if you receive:

  • Income Support

  • Pensioner Credit

  • Disability, or Pensioner Premium

  • Disabled Child Premium

  • Child Tax Credit

  • Universal Credit

You can also claim Cold Weather Payments if you have a child under the age of 5.