You may be eligible for a payment from the government this winter to heat your home and pay your energy bill.
It’s called Winter Fuel Allowance – or Winter Fuel Payment – and was introduced in 1997 by former Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair to tackle energy poverty among retirees.
If you are 66 or over and were born on or before September 26, 1955, you may be eligible for a winter fuel allowance payment. If you are at least 80 years old and were born on or before September 26, 1941, you can receive a higher amount.
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But now you’re probably wondering what am I getting? Here’s what we know about how much you can ask for the winter fuel allowance.
How much can I get from the winter fuel allowance?
To receive winter fuel allowance money, you must meet the qualifying age and date of birth – individuals must be at least 66 years old and born on or before September 26, 1955.
However, the amount you will receive will depend on your circumstances during the qualifying week which runs from September 20, 2021 to September 26, 2021 for 2021/22. You must have lived in the UK for at least 24 hours during this period to qualify.
If you were not resident in Switzerland or any other country in the European Economic Area (EEA) and have a real connection to that country, you can also qualify. However, excluded countries are Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, Malta, France, Cyprus and Greece.
If you were born between September 27, 1941 and September 26, 1955 and live alone, Earn £ 200.
You will also receive this amount if you apply for a pension credit, earnings-related unemployment benefit, earnings-related employment and support allowance or income allowance and you either live alone or live with someone who is not entitled to the benefit.
However, only one of you will receive this amount if someone living with you also makes use of one of the aforementioned services.
However, if you live with someone who also receives the payment and is not using any of the above, you will receive £ 100 as the other person will also receive £ 100. You will also get £ 100 if you live in a nursing home and do not receive certain benefits. If you have certain benefits and you live in a nursing home, you will not receive any money.
If you were born before September 27, 1941, you may be eligible for more winter fuel allowance money. To receive the maximum withdrawal of £ 300 you must qualify and live alone. You will also stand in line for £ 300 payment if you live alone and are using any of the above. If you qualify and live with someone who is also receiving any of the above benefits, you will receive £ 300 but only one of you will receive the money.
To receive a £ 200 payment you must qualify and live with someone under the age of 80 who can also receive winter fuel allowance money. That drops to £ 150 if someone you live with is also 80 or older. The £ 150 payment will also be made to applicants who meet the age requirements but are living in a nursing home and are not receiving the above benefits. The same applies here: If you are 80 years of age or older but live in a nursing home and use one of the aforementioned services, you will not receive any money.
The money paid out to you should be received automatically in either November or December, but no later than January 14, 2022. If you think you qualified and didn’t receive your money, please reach out the right service.
If you are not eligible for winter fuel allowance, you may be eligible for heating assistance through the cold weather payment or the household support fund. Take a look at our article on all of the UK Government Financial Aid available this winter.
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