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 2020/2021, according to your personal circumstances:

Circumstances Born between the 21st September 1940 and the 5th October 1954 Born on or before the 20th  September 1940
You qualify and live alone (or none of the people you live with qualify) £200 £300
You qualify, get one of the benefits listed* and live alone (or none of the people you live with qualify) £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 someone who also get one of the benefits listed*

£200 - only one of you will get the payment £300 - only one of you will get the payment
You qualify, and live in a care home or independent hospital and don’t get any of the benefits listed* £100  £150
You qualify, live in a care home and get one of the benefits listed* Nil Nil

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

How and when you’re paid

You’ll get a letter telling you how much you will get and an estimated payment date.

Most payments are made automatically between November and December. If you get any other benefit, you’ll get your Winter Fuel Payment at the same time as your regular payments.

If the money is not paid into your account by 13 January 2021, call the office that pays your benefits - their details are on any letters they sent you.

If you qualify and you are not getting a social security benefit (or if you only get Housing Benefit, Rates Relief, Child Benefit or Universal Credit), you will need to make a claim.

All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into an account, such as a bank account.

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

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