The money that a person can get is tax-free, and it will not affect other benefits.
Recipients will get a letter informing them of how much they will get, as well as an estimated payment date.
Most payments are made automatically between November and December.
They should have received the money by January 13, 2021 at the latest.
Those who don’t are directed to contact the Winter Fuel Payment Centre.
However, some people may be required to claim the Winter Fuel Payment, rather than automatically receive it.
There is a deadline for doing this, and for winter 2020 to 2021, this is March 31, 2021.
Who needs to claim the Winter Fuel Payment?
A person will need to claim the payment if they’ve not had it before, and any of the following apply:
- You do not get benefits or a State Pension
- You only get Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction or Child Benefit
- You get benefits or a State Pension but live in Switzerland or an EEA country
The government also states: “You also need to claim Winter Fuel Payment if you’ve deferred your State Pension, even if you had it before. You only need to do this once.”
It’s possible to claim the payment either by phone or by post.
Who is eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment?
A person qualifies for the Winter Fuel Payment if they were born on or before October 5, 1954, and they lived in the UK for at least one day during the qualifying week of September 21 to 27, 2020.
Should the person not have lived in the UK during this week, they may still be able to get the payment.
This is if they live in Switzerland or a European Economic Area (EEA) country, and they “have a genuine and sufficient link to the UK – this can include having lived or worked in the UK, and having family in the UK”.
Even if a person doesn’t qualify, then they may still be able to get other forms of support, such as the Cold Weather Payment or the Warm Home Discount Scheme.