Families in the UK are facing a tough winter as energy bills rise due to rising wholesale gas prices.
With thousands of Britons likely to see their energy costs rise, many will seek a winter fuel allowance to help heat their home during the colder months.
Winter fuel allowance is a one-time, tax-free payment of between £100 and £300 to help with heating costs during the winter.
This is available for any household which includes someone above the state pension age. The allowance is not means-tested, so it does not take into account the claimant’s financial position.
The exact amount you are entitled to will depend on your age and living circumstances during the qualifying week.
You can know how to claim through Govt. Website.
Who is eligible for Winter Fuel Allowance?
Anyone born on or before 5 October 1955 is eligible for fuel allowance.
However, you will also need to be in the UK for at least one day during the ‘qualifying week’ from 20 to 26 September 2021.
If you did not live in the UK during the qualifying week, you can still receive payment if you live in Switzerland or a European Economic Area (EEA) country and have a genuine and substantial link to the UK. This may include living or working in the UK and having a family in the UK.
If you live in Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Malta, Portugal or Spain you are not eligible for payment because the average winter temperature is higher than in the hottest region of the UK.
when you don’t deserve
If any of the following apply, you will not qualify for Winter Fuel Allowance:
– You have been receiving free hospital treatment for more than a year
– You need permission to enter the UK and your granted leave states that you cannot claim public funds
– You were in jail for a whole week from 20 to 26 September 2021
– You lived in a care home full time from June 28 to September 26, 2021, and received pension credit, income support, income-based job-seekers’ allowance (JSA) or income-related employment and support allowance (ESA).
When is winter fuel allowance paid?
Most payments for Winter Fuel Allowance are automatically made in November or December, but if you are eligible and have made a claim, this maximum should be reached by January 14, 2022.
Are there other plans to help with energy costs?
If you are not eligible for Winter Fuel Allowance, there are other plans to help with energy costs.
The £25 cold weather payment is available to anyone living in an area with an average temperature of 0C or less for seven consecutive days. This applies for every seven-day period of very cold weather between November 1 and March 31.
You have to check whether your area is eligible for government use Postal Kode checkered
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