Winter Fuel Payment

3. Eligibility

You’ll qualify for Winter Fuel Payment if:

  • you were born on or before 5 August 1953 (for winter 2017 to 2018 - this date changes every year)
  • you lived in the UK throughout the week of 18 to 24 September 2017 (known as the qualifying week)

You may be able to get the payment if you live in Switzerland or a European Economic Area (EEA) country and you have a genuine link with the UK.

You can’t get the payment if you live in Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Malta, Portugal or Spain because the average winter temperature is higher than the warmest region of the UK.

When you won’t qualify

You won’t qualify if throughout the week of 18 to 24 September 2017 you:

  • were in prison
  • were in hospital getting free treatment for more than 52 weeks
  • needed permission to enter the UK and didn’t qualify for help from the Department for Work and Pensions
  • had lived in a care home for the previous 12 weeks or more and got Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • lived in Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Malta, Portugal or Spain

Change of circumstance

Report any change of circumstance as these can affect how much you get. For example, if the qualifying person stops getting a benefit, moves out, dies or goes into care.

Contact the office paying your benefits - their details are on any letters they sent you.

Most Winter Fuel Payments are paid automatically. Write to the office that pays your Winter Fuel Payment if you want to cancel it.