Heating our homes this winter could be significantly more expensive than last year.
Rising gas prices have caused some energy companies to go out of business while others that are still operating say they need to raise prices due to the global impact.
This means that many families are eagerly waiting for the bill to come through the mailbox when the rising costs level off.
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However, some people could get additional financial help. There are a couple of programs, including the Household Assistance Fund, which can help with your bill, and the Warm Home Discount, which can cut your overall expenses this winter.
There is another system called Winter Fuel Allowance. The lump sum was first introduced in 1997 by former Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair and it reduces the cost of a future winter energy bill a bit. But who is entitled to it? Here’s what we know
Who is entitled to the winter fuel allowance?
You must be 66 or over to qualify for the winter fuel allowance. That is, you were born on or before September 26, 1955.
In addition, you must have lived in the UK for at least one day during what is known as the “qualifying week”. That means you must have been here between September 20th, 2021 and September 26th, 2021.
However, if you still need payment, you may still be able to claim even if you did not live here during the qualifying week.
Eligible are also people who live in Switzerland or another country in the European Economic Area (EEA) and have a real, substantial connection to the United Kingdom, for example have a family here.
Note, however, that living in some countries means you would not qualify. These are Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Malta, Portugal and Spain. If you stay in one of them you will not be able to get the Winter Fuel Allowance as the average winter temperature is higher than the warmest part of the UK.
In addition, if you have been hospitalized and have been treated for free for more than 12 months, you need a permit to stay in the UK and you cannot use any benefits between September 20, 2021, you will not be able to claim the benefit Were jailed and September 26, 2021, or lived in a nursing home and received certain benefits.
The amount you will receive depends on how you meet the eligibility criteria, but you can expect a payment of up to £ 300. The minimum you will receive is € 100.
The Winter Fuel Allowance should be in your bank account in November or December, but it can land there by January at the latest. Contact the Winter Fuel Allowance Payment Center if you have not received a payment by January 14, 2022.
You should only need to use the service if you believe you are eligible and did not automatically receive it. If you have certain social security benefits, you should receive payment without actually asking for it. If not, check and contact the Winter Fuel Allowance Payment Center .