The Winter Fuel Payment scheme opened this month meaning that millions of Britons will be receiving a one off payment of up to £300 this winter to help meet rising living costs. No doubt it will be welcomed as bitter weather has already battered the UK with the extremely cold weather forcing many more people to put their heating on. Now charities are urging Britons to check that they are receiving everything they are entitled to including this benefit from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The Winter Fuel Payment scheme opened on November 1 and although most people will receive their payment automatically without having to do anything, those who haven’t claimed it before may need to file a claim.
These payments are made every year to help pensioners get through the cold winter months and hopefully some will have received it already.
However, many more will need to check that they are on the DWP’s radar especially if they have never received one of these payments before.
It could help Britons who are struggling to make ends meet this year.
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Age is the most important factor when it comes to whether someone will qualify for these winter payments.
People born on or before September 26, 1941 should get £300 whereas those born prior to 1955 should get £200.
Britons must have also lived in the UK for at least one day during the week of September 20 to 26, 2021 to qualify.
However, people could still qualify if they live in Switzerland or the European Economic Area (EEA) as long as they have lived in the UK at some point.
As well as this extra winter payment, the Cold Weather Payment scheme also opened on November 1.
This gives those on a low income, not just pensioners, £25 to help them meet their higher energy costs every time the temperature drops to zero for a week.
There’s a useful online tool on gov.uk where people can input their postcode and see if they are due an extra payment.
This should then be paid automatically but it’s worth getting in touch if people think they should qualify but haven’t received a payment before.