Overview & What you’ll get
1 Overview of the Winter Fuel Allowance
You could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills if you were born on or before the qualifying date. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Allowance’, which is sometimes called a winter fuel payment or heating allowance.
Most payments are made automatically between November and January.
You usually get a Winter Fuel Allowance automatically if you get the State Pension or another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit).
Along with the Warm Home Discount and Cold Weather Payment you could be entitled to up to £440 per year. If you qualify but don’t get paid automatically, you’ll need to make a claim. Any money you get won’t affect your other benefits.
The minimum age to qualify for the 2021 Winter Fuel Allowance will change this year.
The date and eligibility rules will change so you’ll need to check at a later date to find out if you’ll qualify in winter 2021-22.
2 What You’ll Get
How much you get depends on your circumstances during the qualifying week. The qualifying week for winter 2020-21 is 21 to 27 September 2020. Any money you get is tax-free and won’t affect your other benefits.
You qualify and live alone (or none of the people you live with qualify):
You qualify and get one of the benefits listed**:
You live with someone under 80 who also qualifies:
You live with someone 80 or over who also qualifies:
You qualify and live with your partner or civil partner and they get one of the benefits listed**:
You qualify but live in a care home and don’t get one of the benefits listed**:
** Benefits: Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Income Support
*** Your partner getting the benefit will get the Winter Fuel Payment on your behalf
How and when you’re paid
You’ll get a letter telling you how much you’ll get and an estimated payment date.
Most payments are made automatically between November and January, and you should get your money by 13 January 2021.
All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into an account, e.g. a bank account.
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