Winter Fuel Allowance is an annual payment granted to eligible Britons, to provide much-needed support towards heating bills during the winter months. As the temperature drops, many of us pop the heating on without a second thought. But for millions of Britons, this can be an expense they cannot readily afford.
Winter Fuel Allowance is a Government-run scheme which gives a payment to eligible Britons to help towards the extra costs of heating.
The extra cost of heating can soon add up during the winter, and so several schemes have been set up to ensure no one goes cold.
Often these schemes include grants towards heating bills and are based on a claimants age, circumstances and location.
And with more and more of the UK working from home due to the pandemic, household bills have gone up in recent months.
How to claim Winter Fuel Allowance
You usually do not need to claim Winter Fuel Payment – you’ll get it automatically if you’re eligible.
You will need to claim it if you’ve not had it before and any of the following apply:
- you do not get benefits or a State Pension
- you only get Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction or Child Benefit
- you get benefits or a State Pension but live in Switzerland or an EEA country
You will also need to claim if you have decided to defer your State Pension payments.
The deadline for claiming payments for winter 2020 to 2021 is March 31, 2021.
Most payments are made automatically between November and December. You should get your money by January 13, 2021.
If you do not get your payment, contact the Winter Fuel Payment Centre.
You can do so by clicking the link here to visit the Government’s website. https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment/report-change-circumstances