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Winter fuel payment

What is it?

It is an annual payment made during the winter to help with heating costs. It is made to households that include someone over state pension age.

Am I eligible?

You qualify if both of the following conditions apply:

  • You were born on or before 25 September 1956
  • You lived in the UK for at least one day during the 'qualifying week'. The 'qualifying week' runs from 19 to 25 September 2022.

You could get between £250 and £600 to help you pay your heating bills. The amount of money you receive depends on your circumstances during the qualifying week. 

You will receive a letter telling you how much money you'll get and an estimated payment date. Most payments are made between November and December.

Who pays it?

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). 

How do I apply?

It is usually paid automatically if you are eligible.

If you are eligible and do not get paid you will need to make a claim. You can do this by calling the winter fuel payment centre on 0800 731 0160.

The deadline to make a claim for winter 2022 to 2023 is 31 March 2023.

Is it National Insurance based?


Is it means-tested?


Any effect on other benefits?


Is it taxable?


Are there any dependant's additions?


Is it payable in the European Union?

No. There is a UK/Northern Ireland residence criteria.

Can I challenge the decision?

You can challenge a decision about a winter fuel payment if you are unhappy with it.

Some residential care residents may qualify.

Page last updated:
21 Nov 2022

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