What are Winter Fuel Payments and do I qualify?

Winter Fuel Payments are tax-free payments that support those who need help paying energy bills.

If you were born on or before 5 July 1952 you could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills.


Payments are made automatically between November and December.

To be eligible you must:

  • have a state pension or receive another social security benefit (but not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit)
  • be born on or before 5 July 1952

Find out more about Winter Fuel Payments from the Government website.