How much is the winter fuel payment? Who gets it and when is it paid

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The flat-rate heating fee is a one-time allowance for heating bills in winter

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So if you’re struggling to pay your energy bills, help from the government and utilities could be available to you this winter – here’s everything you need to know about winter fuel payments.

What is the fuel payment in winter?

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The flat-rate heating fee is a one-time allowance for heating bills in winter.

It is an annual government payment if you were born on or before September 26, 1955.

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How much is the winter fuel allowance?

The annual one-off winter fuel payment is typically between £100 and £300.

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How much each household receives depends on the circumstances of the people living there during a week in September known as “entitlement week”.

2021 is the “Qualification Week” for winter 2021-2022 from September 20-26, 2021 and will check your status. Ie. If you were in jail all week, you wouldn’t qualify.

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The government also states that any money you receive is tax-free and does not affect other benefits.

Who gets winter allowance – from what age can you claim it?

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In 2021 you are eligible for a winter fuel payment if you were born on or before 26 September 1955 and lived in the UK for at least one day during the ‘qualifying week’.

If you weren’t living in the UK during that particular week of September, you may still receive the payment if you live in Switzerland or a European Economic Area (EEA) country and have lived, worked or have family in the UK.

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How can I apply for the winter fuel subsidy?

If you qualify for the winter fuel payment, you normally receive the subsidy and do not need to apply. However, applications must be made if the following applies:

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  • They receive neither benefits nor a state pension
  • You only get housing benefit, municipal tax reduction, child benefit or universal credit
  • You receive benefits or a state pension but live in Switzerland or an EEA country

If you have already received a winter fuel payment, you only need to claim it if you have either deferred your state pension or moved to Switzerland or an EEA country since the last payment.

Claims can be made by calling 0800 731 0160 from within the UK or +44 (0)191 218 7777 from outside the UK.

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Applicants should have their social security number and bank or building society details ready, as well as the date of your marriage or civil partnership (if applicable).

If you live in Switzerland or an EEA country, BIC and IBAN numbers are required.

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Claims can also be made by post.

UK applicants can send application forms to Winter Fuel Payment Centre, Post Office A, Wolverhampton, WV98 1LR.

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Applicants from an EEA country or Switzerland can send applications to Winter Fuel Payment Centre, Mail Handling Site A, Wolverhampton, WV98 1ZU, UK.

When is the winter tank fee paid?

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If you have made a claim and been accepted for a winter fuel payment, you should normally receive the money in November or December.

All applicants will receive a letter informing them of the amount and expected payment date.

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If funds are not in your account by January 14, 2022, contact the Winter Fuel Payment Center at the number provided above.

All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into an account, such as a bank account.

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