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Winter Fuel Payment for 2014 to 2015 (Help with Heating Costs)

 
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A Guide to the 2014 to 2015 Winter Fuel Payment, a lump sum for heating
costs for the elderly and pensioners to help them keep warm in winter.

With the new welfare reforms it is impossible to forecast the 2014/2015 Winter Fuel Payment amounts accurately.
Also the information below assumes the payment will be kept in place and in a similar format as 2012/2015.

( see also: Cold Weather Payment )

This payment is particularly helpful for low income disabled people.or older people and pensioners.
The government pay it and it is tax free for those who fit the eligibility criteria given below.

Who is eligible

You should be eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment in 2015-14 if you were born on or before 5 January 1952, or 5 July 1952 for 2015-15. It’s tax free and not means tested and you can get it if you’re still working or claiming a benefit.

Also below qualifying for Winter Fuel Payment in the future

The following information is only relevant if you have never received a Winter Fuel Payment before (First Time Claimants). Find out if you can claim it, how to claim it and how much you can get.
Below the First Time Claimants information is information if you are already claiming and also information on what to do if there is a change in your situation.

For First Time Claimants

You may get a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2014/15 if both the following apply:
  • you have reached the qualifying age (born on or before 5 January 1952)
  • you normally live in Great Britain or Northern Ireland on any day in the week of 19–25 September 2015

But you won’t qualify for a Winter Fuel Payment if, throughout the week of 19–25 September 2015:

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

Also, you can't get a Winter Fuel Payment if you move to another European Economic Area country or Switzerland and didn't qualify before you moved. click here for information If you're claiming Winter Fuel Payment and moving abroad (government website)

If you move to another country (outside the EEA or Switzerland) you won’t be eligible for a Winter Fuel Payment.

How it's paid

Winter Fuel Payment is paid for the household.

You will be paid directly into your bank account or by cheque depending on what you have requested.

If you’re receiving benefits

You’ll receive your Winter Fuel Payment in the same way as you usually receive your State Pension or benefit. Apart from Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit or Child Benefit,

There will be one payment for both of you, if you’re a couple and both receiving any of the following:

  • Pension Credit
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance

If your partner gets any of the above benefits for you both, your partner will receive the full amount for both of you.

The amount you can get and when you will be paid

The amount of Winter Fuel Payment you can get for winter 2014/15 varies according to your personal situation. Find out how much you can get and when you will be paid.

The amounts paid

These are the amounts of Winter Fuel Payment that may be payable for winter 2014/15 listed by your personal situation.
Note: These amounts assume the payments are kept the same as 2013/2014.

Situation Born on or before 5 January 1952 Aged 80 or over on or before 23 September 2015
You live alone £200 £300
You are the only person in the household who qualifies £200 £300
You live with another qualifying individual who is under 80 £100 £200
You live with another qualifying individual who is 80 or over £100 £150

You get Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance.

This is a full rate payment regardless of other eligible people in the household.

£200 £300

You get Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance. And you live with another qualifying person in the household who qualifies for Winter Fuel Payment.

If someone else in the household is eligible, but not on the above benefits, and not your partner/civil partner they'll get a shared payment.

£200 £300

You qualify for Winter Fuel Payment and live with someone who gets Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance.

If they are your partner/civil partner, they will get the payment for you.

£0

£0

You qualify for Winter Fuel Payment and live with someone who gets Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance.

If they are not your partner/civil partner you will get a shared payment.

£100

£150

If both of 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 don't get Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance
£100 £150

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

When payment is made

Most payments are made between November and December 2015. Over twelve million payments are being made during this time. It’s not possible to be more detailed about when you will receive your Winter Fuel Payment. You will receive a notification letter and this will give you a more specific estimated payment date.

Due to how payments are made, you could receive your payment at a different time to someone in your household or living near you.

Do not contact the governmentabout when you’ll receive your payment - unless you have not received it by January 2015.

Qualifying dates for Winter Fuel Payment in the future

If you have not yet reached State Pension age, the following table explains when you will qualify for a Winter Fuel Payment.

The table is based on the current State Pension age. It does not include the proposed changes in the Pensions Bill 2011.

Winter Fuel Payment qualifying dates

Winter Must be born on or before this date to qualify
2012/13 5 July 1951
2013/14 5 January 1952
2014/15 5 July 1952
2015/16 5 January 1953
2016/17 5 July 1953
2017/18 5 January 1954
2018/19 5 July 1954
2019/20 5 January 1955
2020/21 26 September 1955
2021/22 25 September 1956
2022/23 24 September 1957
2023/24 22 September 1958
2024/25 21 September 1959
2025/26 27 September 1960

Those who don't need to claim

If you receive State Pension or certain other benefits you will be paid automatically and don’t need to claim.

You don't need to claim if you're eligible and receiving at least one of the following (during the week of 19–25 September 2014):

  • State Pension
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Bereavement Benefit
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Graduated Retirement Benefit
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Industrial Injuries Benefits
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • War Pension
  • Widow’s Benefit

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

People who will need to claim

You’ll need to claim your Winter Fuel Payment if the following apply:

  • you qualify
  • you’re not receiving any of the benefits above in ‘Who doesn’t need to claim’
  • you are getting Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit or Child Benefit only

You’ll need to claim if you have received a Winter Fuel Payment before but your circumstances have changed. For example you have stopped receiving any of the benefits above in ‘Who doesn’t need to claim’ or deferred your State Pension.

You still need to claim even if your partner is already receiving a Winter Fuel Payment for your household.

Applying
To apply you can complete the claim form on screen or print it out and fill it in with black ink. You then need to post the completed form to the address below. The deadline for a claim being received is 31 March 2015.

Completed forms need to be sent to:

Winter Fuel Payment Centre
Mail Handling Site A
Wolverhampton
WV98 1LR

You can get a claim form sent to you
. Call the Winter Fuel Payment Helpline on 0845 9 15 15 15.

What happens when you claim.

If you make a successful claim and your claim form is received before 23 September 2015 you should get paid before Christmas.

If your claim form is completed correctly and you supplied any necessary documents, such as your birth certificate, you'll get a letter acknowledging this.

You will be contacted if you have not filled in the form correctly or additional information is needed.

If you don’t complete the form in full and supply all the required information you may not receive your payment before Christmas.

Most payments will be issued from November through to December. You will then receive another letter telling you how much you will receive and when this is likely to be paid.

Any claims made after 23 September will be paid in 2015.

Claiming for past winters

If you are eligible, you can claim Winter Fuel Payments for the years 1997/98 to 1999/2000.

From 2000/01 time limits for claims were introduced. This means that payments can't be made for late claims for any winters from 2000/01 onwards.

Claims for these winters had to be received by 30 March for the relevant winter. For example, a claim for winter 2011/12 had to be received by 30 March 2012.

Print and complete the claim form with black ink.

Send the completed forms need to :
Winter Fuel Payment Centre
Department for Work and Pensions
PO Box 22
Gateshead
NE92 1BX

Who to contact if your payment is incorrect

If you’re claiming for the first time and the information in your claim form is now wrong then you need to report it. You need to contact the Winter Fuel Payment Helpline.

  • Phone number
    0845 915 1515
  • Text phone
    0845 601 5613
  • Opening Hours
    Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm



Winter Fuel Payment – If you have recieved it before.

The following information is only for those who have received Winter Fuel Payment before. Find out how much you can get, when you'll be paid and what to do if there's a change in your situation.

You need not to claim

If you received a Winter Fuel Payment last year and you still qualify, you should get your Winter Fuel Payment automatically this year. You do not need to claim again.

Change of circumstance:
Report any change of circumstance as these can affect how much you get. For example, if the qualifying person stops getting a benefit, moves out, dies or goes into care. Contact the office paying your benefits - their details are on any letters they sent you.

How much and when you will be paid if you've received it before.

The amount of Winter Fuel Payment you can get for winter 2014/15 varies according to your personal situation. Find when you are paid and how much you can get.

How much your paid

The amount you get for winter 2014/15 could be different to last winter.

These are the amounts of Winter Fuel Payment that may be payable for winter 2014/15 listed by your personal situation.
Note: These amounts assume the payments are kept the same as 2012/2015.

Situation Born on or before 5 January 1952 Aged 80 or over on or before 25 September 2015
You live alone £200 £300
You are the only person in the household who qualifies £200 £300
You live with another qualifying individual who is under 80 £100 £200
You live with another qualifying individual who is 80 or over £100 £150

You get Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance.

This is a full rate payment regardless of other eligible people in the household.

£200 £300

You get Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance. And you live with another qualifying person in the household who qualifies for Winter Fuel Payment.

If someone else in the household is eligible, but not on the above benefits, and not your partner/civil partner they'll get a shared payment.

£200 £300

You qualify for Winter Fuel Payment and live with someone who gets Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance.

If they are your partner/civil partner, they will get the payment for you.

£0

£0

You qualify for Winter Fuel Payment and live with someone who gets Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance.

If they are not your partner/civil partner you will get a shared payment.

£100

£150

If both of 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 don't get Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income related Employment and Support Allowance
£100 £150

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

When it's paid

Most payments are made between November and December 2015. Over twelve million payments are being made during this time. It’s not possible to be more detailed about when you will receive your Winter Fuel Payment. You will receive a notification letter and this will give you a more specific estimated payment date.

Due to how payments are made, you could receive your payment at a different time to someone in your household or living near you.

Only contact the government if you have not received your payment by January 2015.

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