Winter Fuel Payment – Eligibility

Eligibility

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You’ll qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment if:

  • you were born on or before 5 October 1954 (this date changes every year so you you’ll need to check back or subscribe to updates)
  • you lived in the UK for at least one day during the qualifying week of 21 to 27 September 2020.

You may be able to get the payment if you live in Switzerland or a European Economic Area (EEA) country and you have a genuine link with the UK. You can’t get the payment if you live in Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Malta, Portugal or Spain because the average winter temperature is higher than the warmest region of the UK.

When you won’t qualify

You won’t qualify if you:

  • are in hospital getting free treatment for more than 52 weeks
  • were in prison for the whole week from 21 to 27 September
  • need permission to enter the UK and don’t qualify for help from the Department for Work and Pensions
  • lived in a care home for the whole time from 29 June to 27 September 2020 and got Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance

Change of circumstance

Report any change of circumstance as these can affect how much you get. For example, if the qualifying person stops getting a benefit, moves out, dies or goes into care. Contact the office paying your benefits – their details are on any letters they sent you. Most Winter Fuel Payments are paid automatically. Write to the office that pays your Winter Fuel Payment if you want to cancel it.

The minimum age to qualify for the 2021 winter fuel payment will change this year. The date changes every year so you’ll need to check at a later date to find out if you’ll qualify in winter 2021-22.

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