Help with winter heating bills
Cold weather and winter fuel payments
Cold weather payments
If you get Pension Credit or income-related Employment and
Support Allowance you may be eligible for Cold Weather
You will get £25 for each seven day period between 1 November
and 31 March where the average daily temperature in your area is
0°C or below. You should receive the payment within 14
working days of each cold snap.
Tell your pension centre or Jobcentre Plus if you think you
should have received a Cold Weather Payment but have not had
If you get Income Support or income-based
Jobseeker's Allowance, you will usually receive Cold Weather
Payments if you have a child under five, if you are disabled or you
have a disabled child.
Winter fuel payments
Winter Fuel Payments are given each winter. They are tax free
and you don't have to be getting certain benefits to
To receive this year’s payment you must have been born on or
before January 5 1951. Payments are £200 or £300 per
household depending on age.
Payment should be automatic but this may not happen if you are
not already on benefits and you may need to claim.
If you qualify and haven't been paid by the end of December,
contact the Pension Service on 08456 060 265
(textphone 0800 731 7339).
You can claim for previous winters - for more details call the
Winter Fuel Payments helpline on 08459 151 515
(textphone 08456 015 613).