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Winter Fuel Payment 2022: When it’s paid, how much and who is eligible

More than 11 million people are set to receive winter fuel payments from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

According to the DWP, more than 11.6 million pensioners in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will receive the payments as part of a £4.5 billion support package. This means that many retirees will get extra help with their energy bills amid the worsening cost of living crisis gripping the UK.

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This year, winter fuel payments will get an extra boost of £300, according to the government. This is because the government states that additional subsidies are needed due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine which has led to higher energy prices.

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Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Straide said: “We want to do everything we can to support pensioners who are often more vulnerable to higher costs. That’s why we’re offering all retired families an extra £300 on top of their winter fuel payments to keep their homes warm and warm this winter.

“This additional payment is just one part of our broader support package to help bills rise, including the largest state pension increase in history. Our support does not stop here. And as we deal with the impact of Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine and the aftermath of the pandemic, we will continue Standing by the most vulnerable, while also paying for additional living costs in the coming year.”

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Here’s everything you need to know about DWP winter fuel payments, including eligibility, how much to pay, and when you can expect to get it.

When will the winter fuel payment be paid?

The Doha Work Program began rolling out winter fuel payments today (November 23) and will land directly into eligible people’s bank accounts. According to the government, most payments will be made automatically between November and December – with the majority of payments made by January 12, 2023.

How much will I get from my winter fuel payment?

According to the DWP, here’s how much you’ll get based on a variety of different general conditions:

He was born between September 26, 1942 and September 25, 1956

  • You are eligible and live alone (or none of the people you live with are eligible) – £500
  • You qualify and live with someone under the age of 80 who also qualifies – £250

  • You qualify and live with someone aged 80 or over who also qualifies – £250

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  • You are eligible and live with an eligible partner, and either of you receive certain benefits – £500

  • You are eligible and live with an eligible person (not your partner), and either of you receive certain benefits – £500

  • You are eligible, living in a care home and not receiving certain benefits – £250

Born on or before September 25, 1942

  • You are eligible and live alone (or none of the people you live with are eligible) – £600
  • You qualify and live with someone under the age of 80 who also qualifies – £350

  • You are eligible and live with someone aged 80 or over who also qualifies – £300

  • You are eligible and live with an eligible partner, and either of you receive certain benefits – £600

  • You are eligible and live with an eligible person (not your partner), and either of you receive certain benefits – £600

  • You are eligible and live in a care home and are not receiving certain benefits – £300

Who is eligible for winter fuel payments?

According to the government, you can get the Winter Fuel Payment if you were born before September 26, 1956. You can also claim if you live abroad.

You will not be eligible for payment if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You have been in the hospital receiving free treatment for over a year
  • You need permission to enter the UK and your granted leave says you cannot claim public funds
  • I was in jail the entire week of September 19-25, 2022.

If you live in a nursing home, you may still be able to receive the Winter Fuel Payment. However, you will not be eligible if you meet both of the following:

  • You receive pension credit, income support, income-based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) or employment and income-related support allowance (ESA)
  • You live in a nursing home the entire time from June 27 to September 25, 2022.

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