At present, the Winter Fuel Allowance is paid to pensioners in November or December of every year. Whilst this works well for pensioners who heat their homes with gas, those ‘off-grid’ that rely on home heating oil find this payment is too late to take advantage of lower prices typically seen in the summer.
Recently, Scottish National Party MP Mike Weir introduced his Winter Fuel Allowance (Off-Gas Grid Claimants) bill as part of a 10 minute rule motion. The aim of his bill is to ensure the allowance for these claimants should be paid no later than September 30th. This will provide pensioners with the funds to top up their heating oil tanks when prices are lower and there is less chance of disruption to deliveries due to poor weather or very high demand.
Are you eligible for the Winter Fuel Allowance? You could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills if you were born on or before 5 January 1952. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’.
Most payments are made automatically between November and December. You should get your money by Christmas.
You usually get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you get the State Pension or another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction or Child Benefit).
If you qualify but don’t get paid automatically, you’ll need to make a claim. You can also find out more information about the Winter Fuel Allowance and advice on keeping warm this Winter by downloading this brochure, part of the Keep Warm Keep Well campaign campaign.