Winter is coming and many rely on winter fuel payments to get over them.
This allowance is given to help certain people pay for gas and electricity when they use it most.
Here’s everything you need to know.
What is winter fuel payment?
The winter fuel payment, commonly referred to as the “heating allowance,” is an annual tax-exempt payment from the Department for Work and Pensions.
Any qualified person can receive £ 100-300 each year.
Fuel prices are set to rise in the coming months, but this year is especially useful.
Gas prices are rising internationally, due to a variety of factors, including the depletion of gas inventories due to the prolonged winter of 2020-2021 and the increase in global demand after Covid. ..
As about one-third of electricity is produced by burning gas, rising gas prices also affect electricity.
Regular maintenance projects rescheduled from 2020 to 2021 for a pandemic include less gas supply than usual from Russia and a shortage of liquefied natural gas to Europe due to increased supply to Asia, as well as wholesale energy. It contributes to soaring prices and a featureless low supply.
Energy companies buy wholesale gas and electricity, and prices are skyrocketing to record levels due to rising demand and limited supply. According to industry group Oil & Gas UK, wholesale gas prices have risen 250% since January.
This should only affect floating rates, and there are limits to how high it can be.
Consumers are protected by the energy price cap introduced in January 2019, which aims to prevent customers from paying excessively high prices. This means that suppliers cannot pass on rising wholesale gas prices to their customers.
Who is eligible for the allowance?
You are eligible for winter fuel payments if both of the following are true:
- You were born before September 26, 1955
- You lived in the UK for at least one day between the 20th and 26th September 2021 weeks – this is called the “qualified week”
Even if you did not live in the UK during the applicable week, you may still receive payment if both of the following are true:
- You live in a country in Switzerland or the European Economic Area (EAA)
- You have a genuine and good connection with the UK-this includes living or working in the UK, having a family in the UK, and more.
How can I claim it?
If you are eligible for winter fuel payments, you must automatically receive them from the office that pays the benefits.
However, if you have any of the following and have never received it before, you will need to file a claim.
- No benefits or state pensions
- You will only receive Universal Credit, Housing Allowance, Council Tax Reduction or Children’s Allowance
- Receive benefits or state pensions but live in Switzerland or EEA countries
Also, if you postpone your national pension, you will need to claim winter fuel payments. This only needs to be done once before the payment becomes automatic.
To make your first claim over the phone, you will need your country’s insurance number, bank or building-and-loan details, your BIC / IBAN number if you live in the EEA / Switzerland, and your marriage / entry date, if applicable. For citizen partnership.
Call the Winter Fuel Payment Center at 0800 7310160 at any time between 8 am and 6 pm, Monday to Friday.
You can also request for the first time by mail.
The deadline for claiming winter payments from 2020 to 2021 is March 31, 2021.
How much money can I get?
The amount you can earn depends on the situation during the qualifying week.
For those born in between September 27, 1941 and September 26, 1955:
- If you live alone, or if no one else you live with is eligible for the allowance, you will receive £ 200.
- If you live with someone else who qualifies, you can earn £ 100.
- If you live in a care facility and do not get a certain benefit, you will get £ 100.
For those who were born Before September 26, 1941
- If you live alone, or if no one else you live with is eligible for the allowance, you will get £ 300.
- Earn £ 200 if you live with a qualified person under the age of 80.
- Earn £ 150 if you live with a qualified person over the age of 80.
- If you live in a care facility and do not get a certain benefit, you will get £ 150.
Any money you earn is tax exempt and does not affect your other interests.
When will you be paid?
Most payments are made automatically between November and December.
You must receive your money by January 14, 2022 at the latest.