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Those who qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment will receive between £250 and £600 from the DWP with the money to arrive in people’s bank accounts very soon. This year the payment includes a Pensions Cost of Living Payment, which varies from £150 to £300.
The Government website says: “Most payments are made automatically in November or December. You should be paid by January 13, 2023.
“Check your account in November and December to make sure you have been paid.”
To be eligible for the support, a person must have been born on or before September 25, 1965, and have lived in the UK for at least one day during the week of September 19 to 25, 2022, known as the qualifying week.
Britons who did not live in the UK during the qualifying week can still get the money if they have lived in Switzerland or a European Economic Area country, and have a sufficient link to the UK.
A sufficient link may include if a person has lived or worked in the UK, or having a family in the UK.
People who live in countries that are on average warmer than the UK cannot get the payment, such as France, Portugal or Spain.
A person who meets these criteria will receive the payment automatically, if they get the state pension or a social security benefit.
However, certain benefits do not qualify a person to get the help, including:
- Adult Disability Payment from the Scottish Government
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Reduction
- Child Benefit
- Universal Credit.
There is no need to apply again if a person has received the Winter Fuel Payment previously, unless they have deferred receiving the state pension or have moved abroad.
However, those who do not receive the state pension or a relevant benefit, or who live abroad, may need to put in a claim for the funds.
A person will not qualify for the support if they are in hospital receiving free treatment for more than a year.
Those who need permission to enter the UK and their granted leave says they cannot claim public funds will also not get the payment.
People who were in prison for the whole week from September 19 to 25, 2022, can also not claim the support.
Another group who do not qualify are those who lived in a care home for the whole time, from June 27 to September 25, 2022, and received Pension Credit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
A person can put in a claim for the payment over the phone, by calling the Winter Fuel Payment Centre. There is also the option to apply via post.
Applicants will need to provide details of their National Insurance number and their bank or building society details.
They may also need to give information about when they got married or entered into a civil partnership and details about the time they spent in a care home from June 27 to September 25, 2022.
The typical annual energy bill is to increase to £3,000 from April, with average bills currently at £2,500.
All Britons with a domestic energy supply are receiving a £400 energy bills discount, being paid in six monthly instalments.
The money is being paid in two £66 instalments in October and November, increasing to £67 payments from December to March.
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