The UK Rules
Winter Fuel Payment

Winter Heating Allowance 2019 to 2020

The UK 'Winter Fuel Payment 2019' helps older people pay their heating bills. Find out who qualifies for the winter heating allowance this year, when it gets paid, and how to claim.

WINTER FUEL PAYMENT 2019/20: There is a qualifying age for winter heating allowance. The payment is only for older age pensioners (OAP).

The 2019 Winter Fuel Payment allowance is for elderly citizens. You must have been born on or before the 5th of April 1954 to qualify.

It means that most seniors are eligible to get the pensioners winter fuel allowance 2019. If your age is 65 or over, you could claim £100 to £300 tax-free benefits.

As a rule, the Winter Fuel Payment for pensioners is automatic. It gets paid into a secure account along with other welfare payments.

Those who qualify should get the money between the first week of November and the last day of December.

Note: The exact Winter Fuel Payment date changes each year. This is only one of the winter fuel benefits. You might also qualify for Cold Weather Payments and the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

Most seniors should get their heating allowance payment before the Christmas holiday periods. But, there is a set qualification criteria. You must be getting the State Pension or certain other social security benefits that qualify.

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. In some cases, you may need to make a claim using the application form (see below) or by telephone.

Note: Claiming the Winter Fuel Payment 2019 to 2020 does not affect your rights to other benefit entitlements.

Winter Fuel Payment 2019/20 Entitlement

How much is Winter Fuel Payment? 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 2019 to 2020 is the 16th to the 22nd of September. The payments you get are TAX FREE and will not affect your other allowances or benefits.

Your Circumstances and Qualification Criteria Born between the 23rd of September 1939 and the 5th of April 1954 Born on or before the 22nd of September 1939
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)

Note: *Associated Benefits: Income-related Employment Support Allowance, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, and Pension Credit.

Winter Fuel Allowance 2019 Start Date

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 the payment no later than the 13th of January 2020. Like most benefits and allowance payments, the money goes straight into a secure account.

Winter Fuel Payment 2019/20 Eligibility Criteria in the United KingdomPensioners Fuel Allowance UK Payment Dates

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 2019 to 2020 will be.

Winter Fuel Allowance 2019/20 Eligibility

Seniors will 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 2019/20?

More important is, 'what is the winter heating allowance qualifying age' and the 'Winter Fuel Payment eligibility' criteria?

You may have entitlement to heating benefit based on two qualifications. You will be eligible to get the Winter Fuel Payment for 2019 to 2020 providing you:

  1. Were born on or before the 6th of April in 1954 (the qualifying date changes each year).
  2. Live in the United Kingdom for at least one day of the 'qualifying week'. That means the week of the 16th to the 22nd of September 2019.

In some cases you can still get the payment even if you live in Switzerland or one of the European Economic Area countries.

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 2019/20 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.

Winter Fuel Payment Qualifying Week 16 to 22 September 2019

Even if you are over 60 during the qualifying week you will be ineligible to get the Winter Fuel Payment if you:

Reporting a Change in Circumstances

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

You must write to keep them informed because the Winter Fuel Payment is automatic.

A typical example could be if the qualifying person stops receiving their benefit. Also report changes if they move out, go into care, or die.

Claim Winter Fuel Allowance 2019 Payment

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

Exceptions also apply if you receive benefits or the State Pension but you live 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.

Important InformationIf you need to claim Winter Fuel Payment 2019 you must do it before the deadline '31st of March 2020'.

Claim Winter Fuel Payment for the First Time (by phone)

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 until 31 March 2020 to claim for winter 2019 to 2020. Important information and other details you will need to prepare include:

Note: As a rule, payments cannot go 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 16 to 22 September 2019. 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.

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
WV98 1LR

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
WV98 1ZU
United Kingdom

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.

Note: You can also complain to the Department for Work and Pensions if you are unhappy with the service they have given to you.

Winter Fuel Payment 2019 to 2020: Wintertime Heating Allowance for Pensioners in the United Kingdom