Winter Fuel Payment

3. What you'll get

How much you get depends on your circumstances during the qualifying week. The qualifying week for winter 2017 to 2018 is 18 to 24 September 2017.

Any money you get is tax-free and won’t affect your other benefits.

Circumstance Born between 25 September 1937 and 5 August 1953 Born on or before 24 September 1937
You qualify and live alone (or none of the people you live with qualify) £200 £300
You qualify and live with someone under 80 who also qualifies £100 £200
You qualify and live with someone 80 or over who also qualifies £100 £150
You qualify, live in a care home and don’t get certain benefits £100 £150

If you get certain benefits

Your payment may be different if you or your partner get one of the following benefits:

  • Pension Credit
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
Circumstance Born between 25 September 1937 and 5 August 1953 Born on or before 24 September 1937
You qualify, get one of the benefits and live alone (or none of the people you live with qualify) £200 £300
You qualify and live with someone who also gets one of the benefits £200 - only one of you will get the payment £300 - only one of you will get the payment
You qualify, live in a care home and get one of the benefits Nil Nil

How and when you’re paid

You’ll get a letter telling you how much you’ll get and an estimated payment date.

Most payments are made automatically between November and December. If you get any other benefit, you’ll get your Winter Fuel Payment at the same time as your regular payments.

If the money hasn’t been paid into your account by 15 January 2018, call the office that pays your benefits - their details are on any letters they sent you.

If you qualify and you’re not getting a social security benefit (or if you only get Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit), you’ll need to make a claim.

All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into an account, such as a bank account.