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Winter Fuel Payments

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Author: Samuel Beckingham
Updated: Oct 25, 2023
4 minutes read

Now that winter is coming, heating bills will start to get more expensive. While there is no widespread government support this year, eligible households can still make use of the Winter Fuel Payment and Cost of Living Payment, with a maximum combined total of £600.

With the energy price cap from Ofgem having already been set until December, households now need to be able to afford the current £1,834 annual average. As always, the more you use, the more you will be charged, so it is possible to exceed this amount. With the support over the next few months, you may be able to receive help. Find out how to know if you qualify and how these payments work.

Winter Fuel Payment

The first government support being supplied is the Winter Fuel Payment. This is between £100 and £300 and is available every year to those born before 25th September 1957. Depending on when exactly you were born and what benefits you have affects how much you’re entitled to claim.

If you’re eligible, you should automatically receive a letter in October or November to inform you about the payment. This will then be paid either in November or December. However, if you believe you’re eligible but don’t receive any correspondence, you can apply for the Winter Fuel Payment on the government’s website. Alternatively, you can write or phone before 31st March 2024 deadline.

Cost of Living Payment

Known as the Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, this should also be automatically paid to anyone receiving the Winter Fuel Payment. This will be paid in November or December. The amount depends on how old you are, who you’re living with and whether you claim any of the benefits outlined below.

  • Pension Credit

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

  • Income Support

You can see different situations outlined in the table below.

Additionally, if you live with someone else eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment but don’t receive any of the benefits outlined above, there are further criteria, potentially making you eligible.

  • If you and the person you’re living with were born between 25th September 1943 and September 24th 1957, this entitles you to £250

  • If you were born between 25th September 1943 and 25th September 1957, but the person you live with was born before 25th September 1943, this entitles you to £250

  • If you were born before 25th September 1943, but the person you live with was born between 25th September 1943 and 25th September 1957, this entitles you to £350

  • If you were both born before 25th September 1943, you’re entitled to £300

If You Don’t Qualify

Don’t feel as though you’ll have to miss out if you don’t qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment or Pensioner Cost of Living Payment. At Money Back Helpdesk, we’re always looking for new ways to help you claim money back or receive compensation you rightly deserve.

Marriage Tax Allowance and Married Couple’s Allowance

Depending on when you were born, you may be able to apply for Marriage Tax Allowance or Married Couple’s Allowance. This entitles you to a reduction in your household’s tax bill, giving you more disposable income that you can put towards heating your home over winter.

PPI Tax

If you ever had a PPI payout, tax was most likely taken off before it was awarded to you. Thanks to the introduction of the personal savings allowance, you are able to claim this back. Find out about how you can still claim PPI in 2023 by reading our related article.

Diesel Emissions Claim

More and more diesel manufacturers are being investigated for illegal levels of exhaust emissions across their range of vehicles. Some have been taken to court, while others are being looked into. The financial compensation you could receive is deemed to be at least a few thousand pounds. Is your manufacturer on the list?

Delayed Flights

Did you know that any flight that was delayed by at least three hours entitles you to a claim for compensation? You can get up to £520 per passenger for a flight that was delayed within the last 6 years. This can go a long way to helping support heating over winter.

Start your claim by clicking on the button below.