Millions of people eligible for DWP Winter Fuel cash payment and you could be too

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The government will make the winter fuel payment available to millions of people this month.

A one-time cash boost of up to £ 300 will be given to retirees and benefit seekers, with amounts depending on specific circumstances.

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) said 11.4 million people received the payment during the previous winter period 2019/2020.

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And the government office has detailed how much people will receive in this year’s payout, as well as who is eligible, who gets it automatically and who has to file a claim, BirminghamLive reports.

To be eligible for this year’s Winter Fuel Payment, you must be born on or before September 26, 1955 and have lived in the UK for at least one day during the week of September 20-26, 2021 – c is called qualifying week.

Those who were not in the UK during this qualifying week may still be eligible if they live in Switzerland or in a country in the European Economic Area (EEA); or have a ‘real and sufficient connection to the UK’ – this may include having lived or worked in the UK and having family in the UK.

How much you will get

Winter fuel payments are normally made in November and December. You should have had your money before January 14, 2022.

These are the criteria that determine the amount of winter fuel payment you receive.

Your payment may be different if you receive one of these four benefits: pension credit, income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance (JSA), or income-related employment and support allowance ( ESA) – we’ve listed those numbers below as well.

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

  • Born between September 27, 1941 and September 26, 1955 – £ 200
  • Born on or before September 26, 1941 – £ 300

2. You are eligible and live with someone under the age of 80 who is also eligible

  • Born between September 27, 1941 and September 26, 1955 – £ 100
  • Born on or before September 26, 1941 – £ 200

3. You are eligible and live with a person aged 80 or over who is also eligible

  • Born between September 27, 1941 and September 26, 1955 – £ 100
  • Born on or before September 26, 1941 – £ 150

4. You are eligible, live in a nursing home and do not receive certain benefits

  • Born between September 27, 1941 and September 26, 1955 – £ 100
  • Born on or before September 26, 1941 – £ 150

5. You qualify, have one of the four benefits, and live alone (or none of the people you live with are eligible)

  • Born between September 27, 1941 and September 26, 1955 – £ 200
  • Born on or before September 26, 1941 – £ 300

6. You qualify and live with someone who also receives one of the four benefits

  • Born on or before September 26, 1941 – £ 300
  • Born between September 27, 1941 and September 26, 1955 – £ 200

Those who live in a nursing home and receive any of the four benefits mentioned above are not eligible for a winter fuel payment.

The money is paid automatically to people who receive the state pension or one of the four government payments listed above.

Others may need to manually file a claim by contacting the Winter Fuels Payment Center on 0800 731 0160.

You only need to make a complaint if one of the following applies:

  • you do not receive state allowances or pensions
  • you only benefit from a housing allowance, a municipal tax reduction, a child allowance or a universal credit
  • you receive state benefits or a pension but live in Switzerland or in an EEA country

If you have already received a Winter Fuel Payment, you only need to apply if you have subsequently deferred your state pension or if you have moved to Switzerland or an EEA country.

Winter fuel payments are separate from the Cold Weather Payment and Warm Home Rebate programs.


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