If you were born on or before 26 September 1955 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’.

This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

You will get your Winter Fuel Payment automatically (you do not need to claim) if you’re eligible and either:

  • get the State Pension
  • get another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit)

If you do not get either of these, or if you live abroad, you may need to make a claim.

If you’ve got a Winter Fuel Payment before, you do not need to claim again unless you’ve deferred your State Pension or moved abroad.

The deadline for you to make a claim for winter 2021 to 2022 is 31 March 2022.

When you’ll be paid

Most payments are made automatically in November or December. You should have been paid for winter 2021 to 2022.

If you did not get your payment, contact the Winter Fuel Payment Centre.

Any money you get will not affect your other benefits.

Winter Fuel Payments are different to Cold Weather Payments.