Winter Fuel Allowance Pensioners
-All You Need To Know
The Winter Fuel Allowance Is Available For pensioners To Reduce Your Heating Bills This Winter
- Find Out All About This Free Grant And How To Claim It
What is the Winter Fuel Payment?
The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax free payment from the government that is paid to all people over pension credit age.
For winter 2023 to 2024 this covers people born on or before 26 September 1956.
The Winter Fuel Payment is not linked to your expenditure on fuel to heat your home but help towards it.
The Winter Fuel Allowance is not means-tested too and you are eligible for the payment whether you are still working or claiming any benefits.
How Much Is The Winter Fuel Payment For 23 /24
The Winter Fuel Payment for 23 /24 will be between £250 and £600 depending on your personal circumstances.
The amount you get includes a ‘Pensioner Cost of Living Payment’.
This is between £150 and £300. You’ll get this extra amount in winter 2023 to 2024.
This is in addition to any other Cost of Living Payments you get with your benefit or tax credits.
The amount you will get is based on when you were born and your circumstances between September 18 to 24, 2023.
This is called the ‘qualifying week’.
More Pensioners help with heating bills
You could also get:
- a Cold Weather Payment – if you get certain benefits and the temperature drops to zero degrees celsius or below for 7 days in a row
- the Warm Home Discount – this is a £150 discount on your bills if you get Pension Credit or live in a low-income household
- help from the Household Support Fund, if you’re eligible under your local council’s rules – check on your local council’s website
Winter Fuel Allowance -Frequently Asked Questions
How much is the winter fuel allowance for pensioners this year?
Do husband and wife pensioners both get winter fuel allowance?
Is the Winter Fuel Payment per pensioner or per household?
A Winter Fuel Payment is a one-off, tax-free payment made to households with someone over pension age.
Will The Winter Fuel allowance be scrapped ?
Number 10 has confirmed winter fuel payments will not be scrapped for all but the poorest pensioners following speculation after the Tory Party Conference. It had been reported that cuts could be made to the Winter Fuel Payments scheme in order to allow Rishi Sunak to keep his pledge over the pension triple lock.
Winter Fuel Payment dates
Most payments will be made between November and December.
However, if you have not received a letter or payment by January 26, 2024, and believe you are eligible for the support, you should contact the Winter Fuel Payment Centre.
This is everything you need to know about Winter Fuel Payments in 2023/24
Can pensioners get help with central heating?
Yes but you need to be in receipt of Pension Credit.
Does every household get the winter fuel allowance?
How To Apply for The warm home discount
There is no need to apply for the Warm Home Discount.
All Clients that are registered with British Gas and are Eligible Will automatically Receive The Credit on their account.
If you are interested in A Free Boiler / Heating , you should apply on this page.
Who Qualifies For The Warm Home Discount?
There are different ways to qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme depending on where you live.
Each supplier has their own set of qualifying criteria and a limited number of discounts they will pay out.
You qualify if you either:
You may be able to get the discount on your gas bill instead if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity and you’re eligible.
Contact your energy supplier and NOT Warm Front Please
warm home discount -Qualifying benefits
The qualifying means-tested benefits are:
- Housing Benefit
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income Support
- the ‘Savings Credit’ part of Pension Credit
- Universal Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit