Winter Fuel Payments

Winter Fuel Payments were introduced as part of the UK Government’s initiative to tackle fuel poverty amongst pensioners. Winter fuel payments aim to give older people reassurance that they can afford to heat their homes in winter. They are paid in a lump sum each winter to ensure that money is available when fuel bills arrive. Older people are targeted because they are particularly vulnerable to the effects of cold weather during the winter months and older people are more likely to be on fixed incomes.

The Winter Fuel Payment is currently between £100 and £300, depending on circumstances. To find details of the rates click here.  It is normally paid in November or December each year.

Most people who are entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment receive it automatically.  Some people need to make a claim using a claim form from the Winter Fuel Payments helpline on tel. 0800 731 0160 or from the Winter Fuel Payment website.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) annually produce official statistics on the Winter Fuel Payment.

Winter Fuel Payment: recipient and household figures 2016 to 2017

Under the Social Security (Scotland) Bill, Winter Fuel Payments are being devolved to the Scottish Government. This payment will be called Winter Heating Assistance. It should start to be paid 2020 - 2021.