Are you eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment? The Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) has disbursed most payments, but if you haven’t received yours, read on. This blog will guide you through the Winter Fuel Payment process, ensuring you don’t miss out on available financial support.
Understanding Winter Fuel Payment:
Born before 25 Sept 1957? You may receive £250-£600 to cover heating bills. This includes a ‘Pensioner Cost of Living Payment’ between £150 and £300, an extra boost for winter 2023-2024.
Most eligible individuals receive payments automatically. No claim is needed if you receive State Pension, Pension Credit, or certain other benefits. However, if you’ve not received it before or deferred the State Pension, it’s time to make a claim.
Who Needs to Claim:
If you’re not on the automatic eligibility list, claim if you’ve never received Winter Fuel Payment or deferred your State Pension. Those residing abroad might also need to make a claim.
How to Claim:
For UK residents, claim by post or by phone. But you need to act fast as the deadline for winter 2023-2024 claims is 31 March 2024.
Claiming by Post
Fill in the Winter Fuel Payment Claim Form, available for UK residents, and mail it to the Winter Fuel Payment Centre at the provided address:
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Claiming by Phone:
Call the Winter Fuel Payment Centre on 0800 731 0160 from 8:00AM to 6:00PM. Have your National Insurance number, bank details, and marriage/civil partnership date ready. Alternatively, you can also contact the Winter Fuel Payment Centre through an email inquiry form.
How Can We Help:
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To receive support with form filling, reach out to our advice.scot team at 0808 800 9060, or engage in a live chat at advice.scot. Our dedicated team will guide you through the process, help you complete the form, print it, and send the hard copy over to you.
Securing your Winter Fuel Payment is crucial. Act promptly, either by post or phone, and ensure you have the necessary information at your fingertips. Don’t let valuable financial support slip away – claim your Winter Fuel Payment today!