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The Winter Fuel Allowance

By: Garry Crystal - Updated: 28 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Winter Fuel Allowance Payments

If you are of state pension age and are a UK resident then the government will give an annual amount of money to help heat the home during the winter months. How much you will receive as a winter fuel allowance will be dependant on the age of the claimant and whether it is a couple living in the home or an individual.

What is the Winter Fuel Allowance?

The winter fuel allowance or winter fuel payments are payments made to individuals who are 60 and over. The payments are intended to be for heating the home during the winter months but the money received can be spent however the claimant wants. It does not have to be spent heating the home or used to pay for household energy bills.

Eligibility for the Winter Fuel Allowance

Anyone 60 years old and over can claim for the winter fuel allowance. To qualify you have to be born on or before 5 July, 1952 (for winter 2014 to 2015 - this date changes every year). The amount of money received will be dependant on age. The claimant must also normally reside in the UK or Northern Ireland. As with any government scheme there are certain exemptions that do apply. You might not be eligible for the allowance if:

  • You reside in a care or residential home and receive certain state pensions or job seeker's allowance.
  • You have been in hospital and have been receiving treatment for over one year.
  • You do not normally reside in the UK or Northern Ireland.

How Much are the Payments?

If the claimant is 60 to 79 years of age and is eligible then they will receive between £100 and £200. If they are 80 and over then the payments will increase and they may receive up to £300. The amount will also depend on partners living in the home. If a couple lives together, and this can mean either married or cohabiting as if they were a married couple, then only one payment will be made to a person receiving job seeker's allowance or pension credits. All other couples will receive £100 each if they meet the age eligibility requirements.

How to Claim for Payments

Winter fuel payments are automatically sent to people 60 year old and over who are receiving state pension or some form of social security payment. The payments should be ongoing each year unless there has been a change in circumstances. Payments will usually reach people by Christmas each year and if they have not been received then individuals should contact their local government benefits agency. There is also a winter fuel payment help line that can be contacted if payments are not received by Christmas each year.

How Payments are made

Payments can be made into bank accounts, building society accounts or post office accounts; it is entirely up to the individual. Payments can also be made by cheque to the eligible person's home address. The winter payment agency will notify the claimant by letter as to when and where the payment will be sent. All cheques must be cashed within at least one month of the date on the cheque. Anyone who feels their payments are incorrect should contact their local benefits agency or the winter fuel payments help line.

Change of Circumstances

A person who receives the winter fuel allowance must notify the agency if their circumstances change in any way. This could include state benefits and pensions stopping or starting, and other people living in or leaving the home. The winter fuel agency will be able to inform the claimant if any of these changes will make a change to their winter fuel payments in any way.

The winter fuel allowance is an additional tax free payment that should be claimed. It does not have to be used to heat the home and can be spent on anything the claimant wishes. It should be seen as a small extra source of income and can be figured into any retirement budgeting plan.

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Will - Your Question:
Totally confused. Iam64 on 30/09/2017 dob. 30/09/53. When will I get winter fuel payment.

Our Response:
You’ll qualify for Winter Fuel Payment if you were born on or before 5 August 1953 (for winter 2017 to 2018 - this date changes every year). Please see link here .
FinancingRetirement - 29-Jun-17 @ 3:49 PM
Totally confused. Iam64 on 30/09/2017 dob. 30/09/53.When will I get winter fuel payment.
Will - 28-Jun-17 @ 5:26 PM
Titch - Your Question:
I got my state pension in November 2016 am I entitled to heating allowance this year 2017

Our Response:
You can see more via the gov.uk link here which will tell you all you need to know about whether you are eligible and how to claim.
FinancingRetirement - 15-Jun-17 @ 3:20 PM
Winslow - Your Question:
I'm 64 in July when will I get my winter fuel allowance

Our Response:
You can see more via the gov.uk link here .
FinancingRetirement - 15-Jun-17 @ 12:20 PM
I got my state pension in November 2016 am I entitled to heating allowance this year 2017
Titch - 14-Jun-17 @ 9:16 PM
I'm 64 in July when will I get my winter fuel allowance
Winslow - 13-Jun-17 @ 8:18 PM
Et - Your Question:
I was born on 21 November 1963 - am I entitled to claim winter fuel allowance e for 2017/2018?

Our Response:
You would have to be born before May 5, 1953.
FinancingRetirement - 13-Jun-17 @ 11:57 AM
I was born on 21 November 1963 - am I entitled to claim winter fuel allowance e for 2017/2018?
Et - 12-Jun-17 @ 6:25 PM
Bear - Your Question:
When will I get my winter fuel allowance.I was born in February 1956 ??Thank you

Our Response:
We cannot give you this information as the dates/age may change. Currently, a person will get Winter Fuel Allowance if they are born on or before May 5, 1953.
FinancingRetirement - 12-Jun-17 @ 1:43 PM
When will I get my winter fuel allowance..I was born in February 1956 ?? Thank you
Bear - 10-Jun-17 @ 4:41 PM
UK or Northern Ireland it oddly says butNorthern Ireland is part of the UK.
tsk27 - 18-May-17 @ 7:27 PM
Dodo - Your Question:
Why does your article state if you are 60 or over you can get this allowance. Do you not realise that you have to be state pension age to receive it, in my case sixty five and a half. The earliest you will get it at the moment is 63 as no one these days will get it at 60.

Our Response:
We have updated this page. Thank you.
FinancingRetirement - 18-May-17 @ 11:50 AM
Why does your article state if you are 60 or over you can get this allowance. Do you not realise that you have to be state pension age to receive it, in my case sixty five and a half.The earliest you will get it at the moment is 63 as no one these days will get it at 60.
Dodo - 17-May-17 @ 5:50 PM
Wye do they keep changing the goal post people in there 60 don't no the rules and regulations not told same as your bus pass sneeky government i was born 25 853 still not getting mine
Fossy - 12-Apr-17 @ 8:46 AM
San - Your Question:
I was 60 this week can I receive the winter fuel help. I am still in full time work.

Our Response:
You will only qualify if you were born on or before 5 May 1953.
FinancingRetirement - 27-Mar-17 @ 2:08 PM
I was 60 this week can I receive the winter fuel help. I am still in full time work....
San - 25-Mar-17 @ 7:59 AM
phylly - Your Question:
I was born on 30th may 1954. I am retired from nursing. when can I apply for winter fuel help.

Our Response:
Please see gov.uk link here, which should answer your question.
FinancingRetirement - 21-Mar-17 @ 2:00 PM
i was born on 30th may 1954.i am retired from nursing. when can i apply for winter fuel help.
phylly - 20-Mar-17 @ 9:47 PM
Mags - Your Question:
My husband was born on the 17-10-1954 he is 63 this year when does he qualify for the winter fuel payment ta

Our Response:
He currently would only qualify if he was born on or before 5 May 1953. As the date changes annually, we cannot predict when he will be eligible. Therefore, please keep an eye out via the link here.
FinancingRetirement - 16-Mar-17 @ 2:10 PM
My husband was born on the 17-10-1954 he is 63 this year when does he qualify for the winter fuel payment ta
Mags - 16-Mar-17 @ 8:55 AM
jacs - Your Question:
Thank you for this, but this still does not make sense. My sister was born 19th January 1954 - she has received this allowance for 2 years. She does not receive the state pension , only her private one.Perhaps the information you have is out of date.I was not asking if I was eligible yet, but what the situation is for me.

Our Response:
I think your question has been lost in translation this end. We are a guidance site which can help point people in the right direction and cannot give specific advice. Have you tried the Winter Fuel Payment Helpline number I gave you? Its advisers may be able to help answer your question more fully.
FinancingRetirement - 8-Mar-17 @ 11:39 AM
Thank you for this, but this still does not make sense. My sister was born 19th January 1954 - she has received this allowance for 2 years. She does not receive the state pension , only her private one. Perhaps the information you have is out of date. I was not asking if I was eligible yet, but what the situation is for me.
jacs - 7-Mar-17 @ 12:08 PM
jacs - Your Question:
HiI'm not asking about 2016/17. I am asking about 2017/18. There is nothing at the link that mentions anything after 1953 which is why I am asking you. Can you please find out and let me know.

Our Response:
Winter Fuel Payments are made to everyone provided they have reached the official retirement age for women. Since the relevant age is increasing over time to synchronise male and female retirement criteria, the qualifying age for entitlement to the Winter Fuel Payment will also rise. The qualifying birth date for 2017-2018 is January 5 1954, for 2018-2019, the qualifying date is July 5 1954. As you are born after these qualifying dates, you are not yet eligible. If you need to find out more or if this does not answer your question fully, you can call the Winter Fuel Payment Helpline on 0845 9 15 15 15.
FinancingRetirement - 7-Mar-17 @ 10:57 AM
Hi I'm not asking about 2016/17. I am asking about 2017/18. There is nothing at the link that mentions anythingafter 1953 which is why I am asking you. Can you please find out and let me know.
jacs - 6-Mar-17 @ 2:00 PM
jacs - Your Question:
Hi, this does not answer my question. I was born 9th November 1956 (not 1953). Will I receive the heating allowance winter 2017/18? I was 60 last November.

Our Response:
Most people born on or 'before' 5 May 1953 will qualify for the payment in 2016/17. If you were born later than this date, you may not qualify. You can see more via the link hereto see whether you qualify.
FinancingRetirement - 6-Mar-17 @ 12:41 PM
Hi, this does not answer my question. I was born 9th November 1956 (not 1953). Will I receive the heating allowance winter 2017/18? I was 60 last November.
jacs - 5-Mar-17 @ 4:46 PM
jacs - Your Question:
Hi - my dob is 09/11/1956. 60 last November. Will I receive the heating allowance 2017/18?

Our Response:
You could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills if you were born on or before 5 May 1953, please see link here.
FinancingRetirement - 27-Feb-17 @ 2:46 PM
Hi - my dob is 09/11/1956. 60 last November. Will I receive the heating allowance 2017/18?
jacs - 25-Feb-17 @ 9:25 PM
Hi I was born 12th may 1953 and just started receiving my pensio last week do I qualify for winter fuel payment this year if so does it come automatically. Thank you.
Sheila - 24-Nov-16 @ 8:01 PM
My wife turned 60 in Februar is she entitled to winter fuel allowance?
Bob - 28-Oct-16 @ 9:21 PM
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