If you were born on or before 5 August 1953, you may be eligible to receive a Winter Fuel Payment to assist you in paying your heating bills. The amount you can receive ranges from £100 to £300. The Winter Fuel Payment is designed to provide support during the colder months when heating costs tend to rise.
Eligibility and Automatic Payments
If you are eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment and receive the State Pension or another social security benefit (excluding Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit, and Universal Credit), you will typically receive the payment automatically. The government will ensure that eligible individuals receive their Winter Fuel Payment without the need for an application. This automatic payment is usually made between November and December, with the money expected to be in your account by 15 January 2018.
However, if you are eligible but haven't received the payment automatically, you will need to make a claim to receive the Winter Fuel Payment. To make a claim, you can visit the official government website and follow the instructions provided.
If you wish to claim for the winter of 2017 to 2018, you must do so before 31 March 2018. It is important to submit your claim before this deadline to ensure you receive the financial assistance you are entitled to.
What to Do If You Haven't Received the Payment
If the Winter Fuel Payment has not been paid into your account by 15 January 2018, it is recommended to contact the office responsible for paying your benefits. You can find their contact details on any letters they may have sent you. They will be able to provide you with the necessary information and assistance regarding your payment.
No Impact on Other Benefits
It is important to note that any Winter Fuel Payment you receive will not affect any of your other benefits. You can rest assured that receiving this payment will not result in a reduction or loss of any other financial assistance you may currently be receiving.
Find Your Local Jobcentre Plus Office
If you need further assistance or have any questions regarding the Winter Fuel Payment or other benefits, you can find your local Jobcentre Plus Office by visiting the official government website. They will be able to provide you with personalized support and guidance based on your specific circumstances.