The Winter Fuel Payment scheme for 2016/2017 is now open.
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 2016/2017 according to your personal circumstances.
|Circumstances||Born on or before 5 May 1953||Aged 80 or over in the qualifying week|
|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 partner or civil partner and they get one of the benefits listed*
|You qualify, but live in a care home or independent hospital and don’t get any of the benefits listed*||£100||£150|
*Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support
** Your partner getting the benefit will get the Winter Fuel Payment on your behalf
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 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 2016.
Usually you'll 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.
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.