If you’re on a low income or receiving financial support, here are some winter fuel payment schemes you may be eligible for to help keep you warm this winter.
Cold Weather Payment
You can get £25 per week towards your electricity bill, if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecasted to be, zero degrees celsius or below over seven consecutive days.
You’ll get £25 paid into the same bank or building society as your benefit payments for each seven day period of very cold weather from 1 November 2021 to 31 March 2022. The payment will be made into the same bank or building society account as your benefit payments.
You’re entitled to a Cold Weather Payment discount if you get one or more of the following:
- pension credit
- income support
- income-based jobseeker’s allowance
- income-related employment and support allowance
- universal credit
- support for mortgage interest
Find out more about the Cold Weather Payment, and use the postcode search to check if the payment is due in your area, by visiting www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment.
Winter Fuel Payment
You could get between £100 and £300, automatically into your bank account, to help pay your heating bills if:
- you’re born on or before 26 September 1955 and
- you receive the state pension, or another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit)
If you’re eligible, most payments are made between November and December and you should get your money by 14 January 2022.
If you don’t get your payment automatically, the deadline for claiming payments for winter 2021/22 is 31 March 2022.
You can read more about the winter fuel payment and how to make a claim if you need to by visiting www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment.