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Winter Heating Allowance 2017

Find out who Qualifies for Winter Heating Allowance 2017? Winter Fuel Payment helps older people pay their heating bills.

WINTER FUEL PAYMENT 2016/17: The UK Government Winter Heating Allowance helps older age pensioners.

Seniors who are eligible for the Winter Fuel Allowance (many who are aged 63 and over) can claim £100 to £300 tax-free benefits.

The 2017 Winter Fuel Payment allowance is for older people who were born on or before the 5th of May 1953.

Note: The Winter Fuel Allowance payment date changes each year.

As a rule, the winter payment allowance is automatic. That means you should receive your money between November and December 2016.

Important Information iconWinter Fuel Benefit is different than Cold Weather Payments.

Most seniors will get their heating allowance payment before this year's Christmas holidays. You normally qualify if you get the State Pension or another social security benefits.

Note: Getting Child Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Housing Benefit, or Universal Credit is not an automatic qualification.

The Winter Fuel Payment could help you pay your heating bills through the cold months. If you qualify for winter heating allowance 2017, but do not get paid, you will need to contact the payment center. You can make a claim using the Winter Fuel Allowance application form.

Note: Receiving wintertime heating allowance does not affect your rights to claim other benefit entitlements.

Winter Fuel Payment Allowance Entitlement

How Much is Winter Fuel Payment? The amount you get varies depending on your situation during the qualifying week.

The heating allowance qualifying week for wintertime of 2016 - 2017 is 19th to 25th of September. The payments you get are TAX FREE and will not affect your other allowances or benefits.

Your Circumstances and Qualification Born 5th May 1953 (or before) Aged 80 in Qualifying Week (or over)
You live alone (or no one you live with qualifies) £200 £300
You get one of the benefits listed* £200 £300
You live with a qualifying person under 80 years £100 £200
You live with a qualifying person over 80 years £100 £150
You live with your partner or civil partner who gets one of the listed benefits* Nil** Nil**
You live in a care home and do not receive any of the listed benefits* £100 £150

*Pension Credit, Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment Support Allowance.
**Your partner getting the benefit will get the Winter Fuel Payment on your behalf.

Winter Fuel Allowance 2016/17 Start Date

As a rule, the annual winter heating allowance payments start at the same time as the British cold months begin to bite. Winter heating allowance payments are usually transferred from November to December. Like most benefits and allowance payments, the money goes straight into your secure account.

Winter Fuel Allowance 2016/17 Payment Date

The benefits Winter Fuel Payment Office send you a letter stating how much you will get. The letter also confirms when the estimated Winter Fuel Allowance payment date will be.

Winter Fuel Allowance 2016/17 Eligibility

Most UK seniors appreciate some financial help to cover the cost of staying warm in the cold season. The question you will be asking is who qualifies for winter heating allowance?

Perhaps more important is, when do I qualify for heating allowance age and what is the Winter Fuel Allowance eligibility criteria?

When do I qualify for Winter Fuel Allowance? You may be entitled to heating benefit based on two qualifications. You will be eligible to get the Winter Fuel Payment for 2016-2017 providing you:

  1. Were born on or before the 5th of May in 1953 (the date changes each year).
  2. Live through the week of 19th to 25th of September 2016 in the United Kingdom.

In some cases you can still get the payment even if you live in Switzerland or one of the European Economic Area countries. This is providing you have a genuine link with the United Kingdom.

Note: You cannot receive the winter heating allowance payment if you live in certain countries. Parts of the EEA have cold season average temperatures higher than the warmest areas of the UK. These include France, Cyprus, Greece, Gibraltar, Portugal, Spain, and Malta.

Qualifying Week of 19 to 25 September 2016


During the qualifying week you will be ineligible for the winter heating allowance if you:

Reporting a Change in Circumstances

You should report any change of circumstance to the office paying your benefits. Circumstantial changes can affect how much winter fuel benefit you get.

You must write to inform them because almost all Winter Fuel Payments are automatic.

An example could be if the qualifying person stops receiving their benefit. You should also report changes if they move out, go into care, or die.

How to Claim Winter Fuel Allowance Payments

In some cases you need to claim for Winter Fuel Payment. This is most likely if you are claiming for the first time. You may also need to claim if:

Exceptions apply if you receive a State Pension and you live in an EEA country or Switzerland. Exclusions include France, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Malta, Greece, Spain, and Portugal.

Those who have claimed before should get an automatic payment. You should receive it again from the same organisation that pays your benefits. You can contact them if you need further helps or if you want to report a change in your situation.

Important Information iconYou must claim Winter Fuel Payment 2016 before the 31st of March 2017.

Call the Winter Fuel Payment Centre to Claim by Phone

New claimants for Winter Fuel Payments can call by phone if they are claiming for the first time.

Winter Fuel Payment Centre
Telephone: 03459 15 15 15 (Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm)
Outside the United Kingdom: +44 (0)191 218 7777
Click here to find out about phone call charges.

Important information and details that you will need to prepare include:

Note: As a rule payments cannot be made into a National Savings and Investments (NS & I) account. The exception could be if you already have other benefits paid into the account.

You must inform the benefits office of certain situations during the qualifying week of 19 to 25 September 2016. In particular if during that week you will be in:

Winter Fuel Payment Claim Form

There are two different types of Winter Fuel Allowance application forms. The form you need depends on which country you are living in.

Those who live in the UK should send the form to the Winter Fuel Payment Office address.

Winter Fuel Payment Centre
Mail Handling Site A
Wolverhampton, WV98 1LR

Note: Use this Winter Fuel Benefit Payment claim form if you live in EEA or Switzerland.

Appeal a Decision or make a Complaint

If you disagree with a decision you can appeal to the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal. Rule changes mean you must now ask for 'mandatory reconsideration' before you make the appeal. You can also complain to the Department for Work and Pensions if you are dissatisfied with the service they have given to you.

Winter Fuel Payment Claim and Wintertime Heating Allowance; UK Rules Updated 2017