What’s in this guide?
The winter fuel payment refers to a tax-free amount of up to £300 from the government you could be claiming every year during the winter between November and December.
This guide will tell you everything you need to know about winter fuel payment eligibility, including what they are and how you can apply.
Let’s dive in and find out more.
What is the winter fuel payment?
The winter fuel payment is an yearly payment that you can get from the government in the winter if you are eligible.
This is particularly for people who are born on or before 1953 to help pay for your heating.
It doesn’t affect any of the other benefits you might be receiving, and there may be some other schemes available to you too.
Check out the EnergySeek guide to the cold weather payment here.
Winter fuel payment rates
According to Nidirect, the government service, these are the circumstances that make you eligible for the payment, and how much you could be entitled to receive.
|Circumstances||Born on or before 5 November 1953||Aged 80 or over in the qualifying week|
|You can get the benefit and live on your own|
|You can get the benefit and get one of the benefits listed||£200||£300|
|You can get the benefit and live with someone who is under 80||£100||£200|
|You can get the benefit and live with someone who is 80 or over||£100||£150|
|You can get the benefit and live with your partner or civil partner, and they can get the benefit too||Nil**||Nil**|
|You can get the benefit, but live in a care home or independent hospital and don’t get any of the benefits listed||£100||£150|
Am I eligible for the winter fuel payment?
If you fall within these categories, you could be eligible for the winter fuel payment:
- Your birthday was around November 1953
- In receipt of benefits like: Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance etc
- If you live with someone under 80 who also qualifies, you’ll get an extra £100
- In the circumstance that your partner has the winter fuel payment, you won’t get any extra, but they will still get theirs
- If you live in a hospital or care home and you are eligible
How can I claim?
To apply, all you need to do is apply via the form on the government website, or call on 03459 15 15 15 to get through to a useful helpline.
Other schemes you may be eligible for
Cold Weather Payment
From the 1st of November to the 31st of March every year, you could potentially be getting a sum of money for every week that the temperature is below 0 degrees in your area.
To get the payment, the temperature has to be below 0 degrees for seven consecutive days, which is why you have to keep an eye on the temperature in your area.
Having this payment doesn’t affect any other benefits you might have, so you don’t have to pay it back or worry about any other payments you receive.
If you apply and you’re successful, you’ll receive your cold weather payment after 14 days in the same account you get your benefits paid into.
Warm home discount
This is usually a rebate of £140 for your electricity bills when the price of energy increases, during the winter months. You’ll usually get a discount on your existing energy bills from your supplier rather than cash.
Those who are eligible are usually either the elderly or those in receipt of certain benefits.
Energy Efficiency Tips
If you’re looking at discounts or cash sums for your energy over winter, there are some other ways you can save some money.
Even if it’s saving a few pennies, they can add up and end up saving you a lot of money in the long run.
Having a well-insulated house can be the best way of saving money on your bills.
This means that you don’t have to heat your home as much, meaning you could have some real savings on your costs.
Turn your thermostat down
Turning your thermostat down 1 degree could save you up to £60 a year!
As you can’t choose which shelves to heat in your oven, you could utilise all of the energy you’re using with it being on and pre-cook some meals for the week.
Use the right part of your hob
If you’re heating/cooking a small meal, you might want to use a small pan with the smallest ring on your hob, as using a huge ring might be costing you. Same with using a large pan, as it’d take longer to heat up on a smaller ring, you could be wasting energy unnecessarily.
Heat your home with cooking
Once you have finished cooking your dinner, why not open your oven and let the heat from inside heat your kitchen?
Did you know that some gadgets and appliances still use energy when they aren’t even turned on?
Unplugging your devices such as your TV, phone chargers and computer could give you some significant savings.
Get free cavity wall insulation
There are some grants and initiatives available that mean that you could be getting free cavity insulation.
This could save you up to £98 a year!
Did you know that you could be saving up to £500 on your energy bills every year?