Winter Fuel Payment
Winter Fuel Payment helps older people keep warm in winter. Find out who can get it, how to get it and how much you can get. If you haven’t received it before, find out what you need to do.
Who can get it and how much you can get
The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax free payment to help older people keep warm during winter. It is provided by the government to those who are eligible.
Who can get it in winter 2012/2013
If you were born on or before 5 July 1951 you may qualify. It’s not means tested and you can get it if you’re still working or claiming a benefit. In some circumstances you may be able to get it if you live in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
If you were born after 5 July 1951, find out when you’ll qualify for Winter Fuel Payment on the following link.
How much you can get
The amount of Winter Fuel Payment you can get depends on your personal situation - find out how much you can get.
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.
If your circumstances have changed
You may need to take action if your situation has changed. See the following link to find out what you need to do next.
Winter Fuel Payments abroad
If you live in or move to another EEA country or Switzerland you may be able to get the Winter Fuel Payment. See following link for more information.
You have not received a Winter Fuel Payment before
If you have not received a Winter Fuel Payment before then you need to find out if you qualify. Claims must be received by 31 March 2013.
If your partner is currently receiving a Winter Fuel Payment, but you aren’t, then you will need to claim.
Find out if you can claim it, how to claim it and how much you can get. There's also information on when you'll be paid, what to do if there's a change in your situation or you think your payment is incorrect.
Cold Weather Payment
Cold Weather Payments are different to Winter Fuel Payments. You may get one for each week of very cold weather in your area. See the following link to find out who is eligible for Cold Weather Payment.