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: