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Winter Fuel Payment

Winter Fuel Payment is a benefit paid to older people to help them keep warm in winter. If you're eligible but haven’t received it before, find out if you need to apply or if you'll receive an automatic payment.

Winter Fuel Payment 2014/2015

The Winter Fuel Payment scheme for 2014/2015 is open. If you need to claim, you can apply until 31 March 2015.

Who can get it and how much you can get

Winter Fuel Payment is a tax free payment to help older people keep warm during winter.

Who can get it in winter 2014/2015?

If you were born on or before 5 July 1952 you may qualify. Winter Fuel Payment is not means tested. You can get it if you’re working or claiming a benefit.

In some circumstances you may be eligible if you live in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

How much you can get

The amount of Winter Fuel Payment you can get depends on your personal circumstances. To find out how much you can get, go to:

You received a Winter Fuel Payment before

If you previously received a Winter Fuel Payment and there has been no change in your circumstances, you don’t need to reapply.

If your circumstances have changed

You may need to take action if your circumstances have changed. To find out how to report changes, go to:

Winter Fuel Payments abroad

If you live in or move to another EEA country or Switzerland you may be able to get Winter Fuel Payment.

You have not received Winter Fuel Payment before

If you have not received Winter Fuel Payment before, you need to find out if you qualify. Claims for 2014/2015 must be received by 31 March 2015.

If your partner is currently receiving Winter Fuel Payment, but you aren’t, you need to claim.

If you're eligible for Winter Fuel Payment and already receive certain benefits, you don't need to claim and should receive an automatic payment.

Qualifying for Winter Fuel Payment in 2015/2016

If you aren't eligible in winter 2014/2015, the table below shows the qualifying age for Winter Fuel Payment in 2015/2016.

Winter Must be born on or before this date to qualify
2015/2016 6 January 1953


Cold Weather Payment

You may get a Cold Weather Payment for each week of very cold weather in your area. To find out who is eligible for Cold Weather Payment, go to:

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