Eligibility

You qualify for a Winter Fuel Payment if both the following apply:

  • you were born on or before 5 November 1953
  • you lived in the UK for at least one day during the week of 17 to 23 September 2018 - this is called the ‘qualifying week’

If you did not live in the UK during the qualifying week, you might still get the payment if both the following apply:

  • you live in Switzerland or a European Economic Area (EEA) country
  • you have a genuine link with the UK social security system, such as having lived or worked in the UK for most of your life

You can not 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.

You may still be able to get Cold Weather Payment or the Warm Home Discount Scheme, even if you do not qualify for Winter Fuel Payment.

When you will not qualify

You will not qualify if you:

  • are in hospital getting free treatment for more than a year
  • need permission to enter the UK and your granted leave states that you can not claim public funds
  • were in prison for the whole week between 17 to 23 September 2018
  • lived in a care home for the whole time between 25 June and 17 September 2018, and got Pension Credit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance