Every DWP winter payment worth £1,400 going into bank accounts before Christmas
The most vulnerable in society to get support to help heat their homes
With winter approaching once again, it’s getting towards the time of year when payments start being made to help pensioners cope with added costs of heating their homes.
Several payments are available to those aged 66 or over, with some to be made automatically and others requiring people to apply. It can be confusing to keep track of all the different payments and whether or not you are eligible.
A number of payments, worth up to £1,400, are set to arrive in bank accounts before Christmas. Details of these are below.
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Winter Fuel Payment- £100 to £300
The Winter Fuel Payment is given to eligible pensioners to help with their energy costs as the weather turns colder.
To qualify, the following must apply:
- You were born on or before September 25, 1957
- You lived in the UK for at least one day during the week of 18 to 24 September 2023 – this is called the ‘qualifying week’
If you do meet the criteria but don’t automatically get the winter fuel payment, you will have to apply on the Government’s website. Automatic payments are usually made between November and December, and you should have received yours by January 2024 at the latest.
Pensioner cost of living payment – £300
Those eligible to receive the winter fuel payment automatically qualify for a £300 ‘pensioner cost of living payment’ to be paid this winter, an extra boost to help with living costs.
Postal applications open on September 18 and applications by phone open from October 4. The money should be paid into bank accounts automatically.
Cold weather payment – £25
Some people over the age of 66 may qualify for pension credit and therefore the cold weather payment. This payment comes into play when the weather gets particularly cold.
If temperatures hit 0C or below for at least seven days, some households are eligible for a £25 payment to help with essential costs as the heating is whacked up to the max.
The cold weather payment scheme is only open between November 1 and March 31 each year to cover the winter months and payments can be made more than once. To be eligible, people must be in receipt of Pension Credit or some form of benefits.
Winter Fuel Allowance – £150 to £300
The Winter Fuel Allowance is an automatic, annual tax-free payment made automatically to eligible UK residents who are of a certain age to help with the cost of heating homes. It’s worth £150 to £300.
Anyone born on or before September 25, 1956, making them at least 65 years old, and who also has a limited income may be eligible for the payment. People must be pensioners or receive benefits to qualify.
If you’re eligible, you’ll get a letter in October or November saying how much you’ll get. Anyone who doesn’t get a letter but thinks they are eligible can check if they need to make a claim.
Most eligible people are paid in November or December.
Second cost of living payment – £300
The second cost of living payment should be landing in bank accounts during the autumn or winter period. The exact date hasn’t yet been announced but eligible people will receive £300.
People who receive pension credit should be eligible. And they won’t need to apply – it’ll land in bank accounts automatically.
DWP £10 bonus
Those on pensions or low incomes get an extra cash boost from the DWP in the run-up to Christmas. The payment is usually paid in the first full week of December.
Those who get the state pension, pension credit and other means-tested benefits will get the money and it will be paid automatically.
Warm Home Discount – £150
The Warm Home Discount is available to those on the lowest incomes to help cope with added winter costs. Households in England and Wales don’t need to apply to get the cash and they’ll automatically qualify if they are receiving certain benefits.
Energy suppliers will automatically apply the £150 discount to eligible customers. Those who get pension credit and other means-tested benefits will qualify.
But the money won’t be paid directly. It’ll be added as credit to electricity accounts. This usually happens between October and April.