This is a tax-free payment of up to £300 to help people born on or before 5 October 1954 keep warm during winter. Some people call it the winter fuel allowance. The deadline for claiming the winter 2020/21 payment was 31 March 2021.
The amount you get depends on your age and who lives in your household.
If you’ve had the payment before, you should get it again without having to claim.
You should also get it automatically if you meet the age and residence criteria, and get any of the wide range of government benefits. These include:
- State Pension
- Pension Credit
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Employment and Support Allowance.
If you qualify, you’ll get a letter in October confirming how much money you can expect to receive.
The letter will also explain how you can update any incorrect information, such as your bank details.
Roughly three weeks after you get the letter – for most people this will be in November or December– the Winter Fuel Payment will be paid into your chosen bank account.
The payment reference on your bank statement will be ‘DWP Winter Fuel’.