Winter Fuel Payment - payments and rates

Part of: Winter Fuel Payment

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 Payment rates

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

Amounts of Winter Fuel Payment for 2019/2020, according to your personal circumstances:

Circumstances Born on or before 5 April 1954 Aged 80 or over in the qualifying week (16 to 22 September 2019)
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*

Nil** Nil**
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


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, Child Benefit or Universal Credit), you'll need to claim Winter Fuel Payment. It will be paid into your bank or building society account.

When payments are made

Most payments are made automatically during November and December and in most cases you should have received your payment by 13 January 2020.

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.

Payment queries

If your payment was incorrect or you have not received your payment by 13 January 2020, and you have received Winter Fuel Payment before, contact the office which usually pays your benefits as they are responsible for your Winter Fuel Payment:

If you claimed a Winter Fuel Payment for the first time, you should contact the Winter Fuel Payment Centre:

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