From the heating to extra costs that can come with the Christmas holidays, making ends meet can be especially hard during the wintertime. However, in order to help with the additional expense of keeping warm during the colder season, some people may be eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment.
If a person was born on or before April 5, 1954, then they could get between £100 and £300 via this payment.
At the time of writing, a person born on or before this date has reached state pension age.
A person will usually get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if they are eligible, and if they get the state pension or another social security benefit.
This does not include Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit, or Universal Credit.
When is Winter Fuel Payment paid?
The payments are mostly made automatically, between November and December.
According to the government website, eligible people should get their money by January 13, 2020.
If they do not get the payment, they should call the office that pays one’s benefits.
Usually Winter Fuel Payment will be paid automatically, however some people will need to claim it.
This is if the individual does not get benefits or a state pension, they only get Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction or Child Benefit, and/or they get benefits or a state pension but live in Switzerland or an EEA country.
If a person has deferred their state pension, they will need to claim Winter Fuel Payment.
Those who need to claim can do so by phone or by post.
Gov.uk states that this can include having lived or worked in the UK, and having family in the UK.
The government website states that the payment cannot be received if the individual lives in Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Malta, Portugal or Spain, citing the reason as “average winter temperature is higher than the warmest region of the UK”.
There are some instances where a person will not qualify, with these detailed on the Gov.uk website.