A winter fuel payment is made available to individuals who were born on or before October 5, 1954. It is overseen by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and intended to help older people with the cost of their heating bills. While circumstances vary, a person may be able to get anywhere between £100 and £300 to provide them with this kind of assistance.
In usual circumstances, the winter fuel payment is issued automatically to those who are eligible.
To get an automatic payment, individuals must standardly be in receipt of the state pension or another social security benefit in order to receive the sum.
However, this must not be Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit.
Some individuals, though, will need to actively claim for the sum, including if they do not get either of these payments or if they live abroad.
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If claiming for the first time, individuals can call the winter fuel payment centre, details of which are contained on the Government’s website.
However, there will be certain information a person will need to have to hand in order to action their winter fuel payment claim.
This will include:
- National Insurance number
- Bank or building society details
- The date a person was married or entered into a civil partnership (if relevant)
- If resident in Switzerland or an EEA country, BIC and IBAN numbers
Individuals will also be required to say where they were during the qualifying week of September 21 to 27, 2020.
Particularly of interest to the DWP is whether a person was in hospital receiving free inpatient treatment, in prison, or in a residential care home.
Similar information will need to be provided to those who are claiming by post, and people will need to download an official claim form from the Government’s website.
The Government has stated most payments will be made automatically, and should have dropped into a person’s bank account in November or December.
However, if it is found a person did not receive their sum, they will also need to contact the winter fuel payment centre.
It is important to note any money a person receives from the winter fuel payment does not affect any other payments or benefits they receive.
If a person finds through applying for a winter fuel payment that they do not qualify, there may be other support they could get during this period.
A Warm Home Discount offers eligible Britons £140 off their electricity bill for the current season.
To be eligible, a person must either be on a low income or in receipt of the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit.
Finally, a Cold Weather Payment may also offer assistance when the weather in an area drops below zero for seven consecutive days.
Eligibility will vary, but a person could get the payment if they are in receipt of Pension Credit, Income Support, Universal Credit or other legacy benefits.
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