Posted by: braddenvillage | October 26, 2010

Winter Fuel Allowances – Information DirectGov

Winter Fuel Allowances

What is the Winter Fuel Payment?

It is a yearly tax free payment to help people pay for their heating in the winter. Getting the Winter Fuel Payment will not affect any other benefits you may get. This is different to Cold Weather Payments which you may get for each week of very cold weather in your area.

Are you eligible?

You may get a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2010/11 if:

  • you have reached the qualifying age (born on or before 5 July 1950)
  • you normally live in Great Britain or Northern Ireland on any day in the week of 20–26 September 2010

You won’t qualify for a Winter Fuel Payment if, during the week of 20–26 September 2010:

  • you were in hospital for more than 52 weeks previously, getting free treatment as an inpatient
  • you were in custody serving a court sentence
  • you were subject to immigration control and did not qualify for help from the Department for Work and Pensions
  • you lived in a care home, an independent hospital or Ilford Park Polish Resettlement Home (and had done so for the previous 12 weeks or more) and you were on Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance

Once you have qualified for a Winter Fuel Payment, you may be able to continue to receive future payments if you move to another European Economic Area country.

How to apply

If you think you qualify for a Winter Fuel Payment, then you will need to apply. To apply you can:

  • Click here to go to the Direct Gov webpage, and click on “download winter payment claim form” and complete the claim form on screen or print it out and fill it in with black ink
  • get a claim form sent to you by calling the Winter Fuel Payment Helpline on 0845 9 15 15 15

The completed forms need to be returned to:

Winter Fuel Payment Team
Department for Work and Pensions
Unit 16
Coalfield Way
Ashby de la Zouch
LE65 1JF

To claim for the 2010/11 payment The Pension Service need to have received the form on or before 30 March 2011. You can no longer get a Winter Fuel Payment for last winter.

Can a couple get the Winter Fuel Payment?

If one of you receives Pension Credit, The Pension Service will pay the full amount due to your household. Otherwise, if you share your home with another qualifying person, you will each get a shared payment depending on your situation.

Changes to the qualifying age

The qualifying age for Winter Fuel Payment for both men and women is rising in line with the increase in women’s State Pension age.

To have reached the qualifying age for a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2010/11 you will need to be born on or before 5 July 1950.

Will it affect your other benefits or taxes?

The Winter Fuel Payment won’t affect your other benefits and you won’t have to pay Income Tax on it.

What if your circumstances change?

You only need to claim once. After this you should automatically get Winter Fuel Payment each year as long as your circumstances do not change. It’s important you call the Winter Fuel Payment helpline if:

  • you move home
  • you change your bank account details
  • move overseas or
  • someone else in your household becomes entitled

How much you can get

The amount of Winter Fuel Payment that you can get varies according to your personal situation.

Situation Born on or before 5 July 1950 Aged 80 or over on or before 26 September 2010
You live alone or are the only person in the household who qualifies £250 £400
You get Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance £250 £400
You live with another qualifying individual £125 £275 if you are the only person in the household who’s aged 80 or over£200 if you and at least one other person are aged 80 or over
If your partner or civil partner gets Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance for you both The payment will be made to the person who gets Pension Credit or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance The payment will be made to the person who gets Pension Credit or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance
If both of the following apply:

  • you live in a care home, an independent hospital or Ilford Park Polish Resettlement Home
  • you don’t get Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance
£125 £200
If both the following apply:

  • you live in a care home, an independent hospital or Ilford Park Polish Resettlement Home (and have done so for 12 weeks or more before the qualifying week)
  • you get Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance
You don’t qualify for Winter Fuel Payment You don’t qualify for Winter Fuel Payment

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