DWP confirms new Winter Fuel Payment rates for this year

The one-off pensioner cost-of-living bonus is due to start in November to help with rising energy bills

The allowance helps pay for gas and electricity during the colder months and is available to those over state retirement age.

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Thousands of people will also be eligible to receive an extra £300 one-off living cost payment for pensioners later this year on top of their winter fuel payment, with the DWP releasing new guidance on who will qualify for the cash boost.

What is the one-off pensioner cost-of-living surcharge?

The additional payment is intended to help those over state retirement age manage energy bills this winter and will be available from November 2022.

The winter fuel payment and supplemental pensioner living allowance payment are not taxable and do not affect entitlement to other benefits.

However, the full amount of winter fuel payment you receive for winter 2022-2023 depends on your circumstances.

Who is eligible for the Cash Boost?

Individuals are eligible for this payment if they passed the statutory retirement age (age 66 or over) between September 19 and September 25, 2022.

DWP has shared the new payment details which include paying £300.

Winter fuel payment rates 2022/23

You qualify and live alone (or none of the people you live with qualify)

  • Born between 25 September 1942 and 25 September 1956: £500
  • Born on or before 25 September 1942: £600

You qualify and live with someone under 80 who also qualifies

  • Born between 25 September 1942 and 25 September 1956: £250
  • Born on or before 25 September 1942: £350

You qualify and live with someone who is 80 or older who also qualifies

  • Born between 25 September 1942 and 25 September 1956: £250
  • Born on or before 25 September 1942: £300

You qualify and live with someone who receives certain benefits

Benefits – Pension Credit, Earnings-Contingent Unemployment Assistance (JSA), Earnings-Contingent Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), or Income Support.

  • Born between 25 September 1942 and 25 September 1956: £500 – only one of you will receive the payment
  • Born on or before 25 September 1942: £600 – only one of you will receive the payment

They are eligible, live in a nursing home and do not receive certain benefits

Benefits – Pension Credit, Earnings-Contingent Unemployment Assistance (JSA), Earnings-Contingent Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), or Income Support

  • Born between 25 September 1942 and 25 September 1956: £250
  • Born on or before 25 September 1942: £300