Winter Fuel Payment is a scheme in place to support vulnerable individuals over the winter months. It helps pay for energy bills over the colder half of the year, to ensure older, less well off people don’t live in unnecessarily cold homes.
The scheme, previously known as Winter Fuel Allowance, was introduced by the Labour Government 20 years ago to help with heating costs for the elderly.
Winter Fuel Payments covers the period between November and December each year.
Claimants can get anything from £100 toward their bills, up to £300 for the winter period.
You usually get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you are eligible and you get the State Pension or another social security benefit – but not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit.
The payment is tax-free and does not affect any other benefits you may be receiving and how much you’ll get depends on your circumstances.