Winter Fuel Payment - What is a Winter Fuel Payment?
A Winter Fuel Payment is a one-off, tax-free payment made to households with someone over pension age.
- Last reviewed 23 August 2023
What is a Winter Fuel Payment?
A Winter Fuel Payment is a one-off, tax-free payment made during the winter to help with heating costs. It is made to households that include someone over State Pension age.
Most people born on or before 25 September 1957 will usually qualify for a payment in 2023/24 (the date changes every year).
Most payments are made automatically during November and December. If you apply for the first time, you should receive your payment before Christmas.
The amount (between £250 and £600) you can receive each winter can vary according to your personal circumstances. Your age or other people living with you who are also eligible can affect the amount you receive.
A Winter Fuel Payment does not count as income when working out your entitlement to other benefits.
In 2023/24 people who get a Winter Fuel Payment will also get extra between £150 and £300 Pensioner Cost of Living payment.
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Age rules: You will qualify for your first Winter Fuel Payment when you reach Pension age.
Type of benefit: Non-means-tested. You do not have to have paid National Insurance contributions.