The UK Winter Fuel Payment 2020 helps older people pay their heating bills. Check who qualifies for the heating allowance this year, when it's paid, and how to claim.
There is a qualifying age for the winter fuel allowance 2020. Hence, the payment is only for older age pensioners (OAP).
The 2020 Winter Fuel Payment allowance is for elderly citizens. You must have been born on or before the 5th of October 1954 to qualify (for the current year).
Hence, most seniors are eligible to get the pensioners winter fuel allowance 2020. So, if your age is 65 (or older) you could claim £100 to £300 tax-free benefits.
How does it work?
As a rule, DHSS Winter Fuel Payments for pensioners are automatic. They are paid into a secure account along with other welfare payments.
Anyone who qualifies should get the money between the first week of November and the last day of December.
Most seniors should get their heating allowance payment before the Christmas holiday periods. But, there is a set qualification criteria.
So, here's the deal:
The Winter Fuel Payment could help you pay your heating bills through the cold months. Contact the office that pays your benefits if you qualify - but do not get paid.
You must already be getting either the State Pension or certain other social security benefits that qualify for the payment.
In some cases, you might need to make a claim using the application form or by telephone (see further details below).
How much is Winter Fuel Payment 2020? The exact amount you get can vary. It depends most on your situation during the actual qualifying week.
The qualifying week for wintertime heating allowance 2020 to 2021 is the 21st to the 27th of September. Any payment you get is TAX FREE and will not affect your other allowances and benefits.
|Your Circumstances and Qualification Criteria||Born between the 21st of September 1940 and the 5th of October 1954||Born on or before the 20th of September 1940|
|You have entitlement and live alone (or no one you live with qualifies)||£200||£300|
|You have entitlement and live with another entitled claimant who is under 80 years of age||£100||£200|
|You have entitlement and live with an entitled claimant who is 80 years of age (or older)||£100||£150|
|You have entitlement, live in a care home, and are not receiving any of the associated benefits listed below*||£100||£150|
|You have entitlement, live in a care home, and get one of the associated benefits listed below*||Not available||Not available|
|You have entitlement, get one of the associated benefits, and live alone (or no one you live with qualifies)||£200||£300|
|You have entitlement and live with another person who also qualifies for one of the associated benefits||£200 (only one claimant gets the payment)||£300 (only one claimant gets the payment)|
Important: The exact Winter Fuel Payment date changes every year. It is only one of the winter fuel benefits available. Claiming Winter Fuel Payment 2020 to 2021 does not affect your rights to benefit entitlements. So, you might also qualify for Cold Weather Payments and the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
As a rule, the pensioners heating allowance payments start at the same time as the British cold months begin to bite.
The Winter Fuel Payment is usually transferred from November to the end of December. That means you should get this year's payment no later than the 13th of January 2021.
The benefits Winter Fuel Payment Office send you a letter stating how much you will get.
The letter also confirms when the scheduled dates for the Winter Fuel Payment 2020 to 2021 will be.
Like most benefits and allowance payments, the money goes into a secure bank or building society account.
Seniors will appreciate some financial help to cover the cost of staying warm in the cold season. Hence, the main question you will be asking is: who qualifies for winter heating allowance 2020/21?
More important is, 'what is the winter heating allowance qualifying age' and the 'Winter Fuel Payment eligibility' criteria?
You may have entitlement to heating benefits based on two qualifications. You will be eligible to get the Winter Fuel Payment for 2020 to 2021 providing you:
In some cases, you could still get the payment even if you live in Switzerland or one of the countries in the EU and EEA.
In case you were wondering:
You would need to have a genuine link with the social security system in the United Kingdom. A typical example would be someone who has lived or worked for most of their life in the UK.
Note: If you get Child Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Housing Benefit, or Universal Credit it will not result in an automatic qualification.
You cannot receive the winter heating allowance 2020/21 payment if you live in certain countries. In fact, parts of the EEA have cold season average temperatures higher than the warmest areas around the UK. These include France, Cyprus, Greece, Gibraltar, Portugal, Spain, and Malta.
Even if you are over 60 during the qualifying week you will be ineligible to get the Winter Fuel Payment if you:
You should report any change of circumstance to the office that is paying your benefits. Certain types of circumstantial changes can affect how much winter fuel benefit you get.
You can try contacting:
You must write to keep them informed about any changes because the Winter Fuel Payment is automatic.
A typical example could be if the qualifying person stops receiving their benefit. Also, report changes such as if they move out, go into care, or die.
In some cases, you will need to make a claim for Winter Fuel Payment. This would be most likely if you are having to make a claim for the first time.
So, you may need to claim if:
Exceptions also apply if you receive benefits or the State Pension but you are living in an EEA country or Switzerland. Exclusions include France, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Malta, Greece, Spain, and Portugal.
People who have claimed it 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 help or to report a change in your situation.
The deadline for claiming the Winter Fuel Payment 2020 is Wednesday the 31st of March 2021.
If you are a new claimant you should contact the Winter Fuel Payment helpline to make your first claim by phone.
Winter Fuel Payment Centre
Email Enquiry Form
Telephone: 0800 731 0160
Outside the UK: +44 (0)191 218 7777
Textphone: 0800 731 0464
Outside the UK: +44 (0)191 218 7280
NGT text relay: 18001 then 0800 731 0160
Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm
Telephone rates in United Kingdom.
Note: You have from the 1st of August 2020 to the 31st of March 2021 to make a claim for winter 2020 to 2021. Important information and other details you will need to prepare include:
Note: As a rule, payments cannot go straight into a National Savings and Investments (NS&I) account. The exception could be if you already have other benefits paid into that account.
You must inform the benefits office of certain situations during the qualifying week of 21 to 27 September 2020. In particular, if during that week you will be in:
There are two different types of winter fuel allowance application forms. The form you need depends on which country you are living in.
People who live in the United Kingdom should send the claim form to this Winter Fuel Payment Office address.
Winter Fuel Payment Centre
Mail Handling Site A
Those who live in Switzerland or another EEA country should send the claim form to this address instead.
Winter Fuel Payment Centre
Mail Handling Site A
Note: We uploaded a new video explaining more about Winter Fuel Payment 2020/21 to help pensioners understand how it works. Please like and subscribe to get notifications of our future YouTube videos.
Note: You can also complain to the Department for Work and Pensions if you are unhappy with the service they have given to you. This guide is also available in Welsh language (Cymraeg).
Winter Fuel Payment 2020 to 2021 for Pensioners in United Kingdom