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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 get each winter can vary according to your personal circumstances. Find out when you'll be paid and how much you can get.

Winter Fuel Payments for 2013/2014

The Winter Fuel Payment scheme for 2013/2014 is now closed. You can no longer claim Winter Fuel Payment for 2013/2014.

Applications for the 2014/2015 scheme will open in August. 2014.

How much you can get

Below are the amounts of Winter Fuel Payment for 2013/2014 according to your personal circumstances.

Circumstances Born on or before 5 January 1952 Aged 80 or over on or before 25 September 2013
You qualify and live alone (or none of the people you live with qualify) £200 £300

You qualify and get one of the following benefits:

  • Pension Credit
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • income related Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
£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 following benefits:

  • Pension Credit
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support

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 following benefits:

  • Pension Credit
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
£100 £150

You live in a care home or independent hospital and have done so for 12 weeks or more and you receive one of the following benefits:

  • Pension Credit
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • income related Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
You do not qualify for Winter Fuel Payment You do not qualify for Winter Fuel Payment

When Winter Fuel Payment is made

Most payments were made automatically during November and December.

If you qualify and you aren't receiving a Social Security benefit (or you only receive Housing Benefit or Child Benefit) you will need to make a claim.

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

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