If you were born on or before 5 November 1953 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’.
You usually get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you are eligible and you get the State Pension or another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit).
If you’re eligible but do not get paid automatically, you will need to make a claim.
This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
The deadline for claiming payments for winter 2018 to 2019 is 31 March 2019.
Most payments are made automatically between November and December. You should get your money by 14 January 2019.
If you do not get your payment, call the office that pays your benefits - their details are on any letters they sent you.
Any money you get will not affect your other benefits.