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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 the state pension age.

Am I eligible?

You qualify if both of the following conditions apply:

  • You were born on or before 25 September 1957
  • You lived in the UK for at least one day during the 'qualifying week'. The 'qualifying week' runs from 18 to 24 September 2023.

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 0191 218 7777

The deadline to make a claim for winter 2023 to 2024 is 31 March 2024.

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:
25 Oct 2023

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