State pension age? You could get hundreds of pounds this winter to help with heating bills


Heating one’s home during the wintertime can be vital, however it doesn’t come without a cost. In order to help ease the impact of the heating bills, some people are able to get a tax-free payment during this season. This is known as a Winter Fuel Payment and is currently available to some people born on or before April 5, 1954.

If one is eligible but they do not get it paid automatically, then they will instead need to make a claim.

The deadline for claiming these payments for winter 2019 to 2020 is next year, on March 31, 2020.

The automatic payments are mostly paid between November and December, the government website says.

It adds that a person should get their money by January 13, 2020.

Who is eligible for a Winter Fuel Payment?

A person qualifies for the Winter Fuel Payment if they were born on or before April 5, 1954, and if they lived in the UK for at least one day during the week of 16 to 22 September 2019.

This week is known as the “qualifying week”.

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If a person did not live in the UK during the qualifying week, it may be that they can still get the payment.

This is if they live in Switzerland or a European Economic Area (EEA) country, and they have a “genuine and sufficient link to the UK”.

This link can include having lived or worked in the Uk, and having family in the UK.

In some countries, such as Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Malta, Portugal, or Spain, the payment would not be made.

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There are instances when a person will not qualify, which are detailed on the government website.

How much is the Winter Fuel Payment?

The amount a person gets depends on their circumstances during the qualifying week.

Any money which they are paid via the Winter Fuel Payment is tax-free and does not affect other benefits.

The gov.uk website details how much one could get according to their date of birth and circumstance.

Born between 23 September 1939 and 5 April 1954

If, during the qualifying week one qualified and lives alone, or none of the other people they live with qualify, the payment would be £200.

The figure is £100 if one qualifies and lives with someone who also qualifies.

If the person qualifies, lives in a care home and does not get certain benefits, then they can get £100.

Born on or before 22 September 1939

For people born on or after this date, if they qualify and live alone (or none of the people they live with qualify), they can get £300.

Should a person qualify and live with someone under 80 who also qualifies, then the amount is £200.

If they qualify and either live with someone 80 or over who also qualifies, or in a care home and do not get certain benefits, the payment is £150.

If one gets certain benefits

Should a person or their partner get Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), or Income Support, then the payment may be different.

Born between 23 September 1939 and 5 April 1954

If they qualify, get one of these benefits and live alone (or no-one else they live with qualifies) then the payment is £200.

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Should they qualify and someone else they live with also gets one of the benefits, then the payment in this instance is £200, however only one person will get the payment.

Born on or before 22 September 1939

Should one qualify, get one of the benefits and live alone (or none of the people you live with qualify), then these people can get £300.

The same applies if one qualifies and lives with someone who also gets one of the benefits, however only one person would get the £300 payment.

Regardless of these two dates of birth, if a person qualifies, lives in a care home and get one of the benefits, then the Winter Fuel Payment is not paid.



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