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Winter Fuel Payment - how much you can get and when you'll be paid

The amount of Winter Fuel Payment you can receive each winter can vary according to your personal circumstances. Your age or other people living with you who are also eligible can affect the amount you receive.

Winter Fuel Payments for 2014/2015

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

How much you can get

Winter Fuel Payment is tax free and does not affect your other benefits.

Below are the amounts of Winter Fuel Payment for 2014/2015 according to your personal circumstances.

Circumstances Born on or before 5 July 1952 Aged 80 or over on or before 21 September 2014
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 qualify and live with someone under 80 who also qualifies £100 £200
You qualify and live with someone 80 or over who also qualifies £100 £150

You qualify and live with your spouse or partner and they get one of the benefits listed**

Your spouse or partner receiving the benefit will get the Winter Fuel Payment on your behalf.

Nil Nil
You qualify, live in a care home or independent hospital and don’t receive any of the benefits listed** £100 £150

**Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support

How you will be paid

Winter Fuel Payment is made to each eligible person in a household. Each person who qualifies will receive a letter explaining their individual payment.

If you're eligible, Winter Fuel Payment will be paid into your bank or building society account.

How you'll be paid if you're receiving benefits

You'll receive your Winter Fuel Payment the same way you are paid your State Pension or main Social Security benefit. You don't need to apply for Winter Fuel Payment.

If you qualify but don't receive a Social Security benefit (or you only receive Housing Benefit or Child Benefit), you'll need to claim Winter Fuel Payment. It will be paid into your bank or building society account.

When Winter Fuel Payment is made

Most payments are made automatically during November and December. If you apply for the first time, you should receive your payment before Christmas 2014.

Usually you receive a notification letter with an estimated payment date. Due to how payments are made, you might receive your payment at a different time to someone in your household or living near you.

Who to contact if your payment is incorrect

If you received Winter Fuel Payment before, the office which usually pays your benefits is responsible for your Winter Fuel Payment.

If you’re claiming Winter Fuel Payment for the first time, you should contact the Winter Fuel Payment Centre.

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