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Age UK - Help with heating costs

Winter Fuel Payment

Winter Fuel Payment or Winter Fuel Allowance is an annual payment to help with heating costs, made to households with someone over Pension Credit age.

Not heating our homes properly puts us at risk of cold-related illnesses such as a heart attack or even hypothermia. So make sure you're getting your Winter Fuel Payment.

Who can claim Winter Fuel Payment?

Most people born on or before 5 January 1953 will qualify for the payment in 2015/16 (the date changes every year).

You’ll usually get less if you live with other people who also qualify.

How to claim Winter Fuel Payment?

To ask about your payment or to make a claim, call the Winter Fuel Payment Helpline on 0845 915 1515.

You only need to claim once.  After this, you should get it automatically each year, as long as your circumstances do not change.

The payment is made directly into your bank account in November or December.

Cold Weather Payment

Cold Weather Payments are made to eligible people when the weather is very cold.

You get £25 a week when the average temperature has been‚ or is expected to be‚ 0°C or below for 7 days in a row (between 1 November and 31 March).

Who can claim Cold Weather Payment?

You will automatically receive the payment, if you get Pension Credit or certain other means-tested benefits.

Contact the Pension Service if you think you should have received a Cold Weather Payment but didn't.

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