Many older people are getting by on restricted incomes, and this can be difficult when prices and bills are soaring. To provide support, the Government typically issues a Winter Fuel Payment during the colder months of the year.
For those born before September 26, 1956, a Winter Fuel Payment could provide help with paying heating bills.
However, older Britons are also set to receive a pensioner cost of living payment this financial year.
Individuals can expect to receive between £150 and £300 as a one-off payment for winter 2022/23.
It means in total, people could get between £250 and £600 to help with the cost of energy this winter.
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Those not in receipt of any of these will need to claim if ether of the following apply:
- The person has not received a Winter Fuel Payment before
- The person has deferred their state pension since their last Winter Fuel Payment.
The DWP states people might need to claim if they live abroad, even if they are in receipt of one of these benefits or payments.
The deadline to make a claim is March 31, 2023. This can also be done by contacting the Winter Fuel Payment Centre for assistance.
Before making a call, individuals are encouraged to have the following details to hand:
- National Insurance number
- Bank or building society details
- The date one was married or entered into a civil partnership (if appropriate).