Winter Fuel Payment deadline is looming – do you need to take action before cut-off date?


The Winter Fuel Payment is a scheme which provides help in paying heating bills for those born before a certain date. This is currently open to people who were born on or before October 5, 1954.

If the person doesn’t get either of these, or if they live abroad, then they may need to claim the payment.

The Government adds: “If you’ve got a Winter Fuel Payment before, you do not need to claim again unless you’ve deferred your State Pension or moved abroad.”

Most payments are made automatically in November or December, so many will have already received the money.

However, for those who haven’t yet got it, the Government states the money should be received by March 31, 2021.

If a qualifying person doesn’t get the payment, they are directed to contact the Winter Fuel Payment Centre.

March has arrived, and this means a deadline regarding the Winter Fuel Payment is just a matter of weeks away.

The cut-off date to make a claim for winter 2020 to 2021 falls on March 31, 2021.

As such, people who do need to claim for the money should take action ahead of this deadline if they haven’t already.

“You cannot get the payment if you live in Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Malta, Portugal or Spain because the average winter temperature is higher than the warmest region of the UK,” clarifies the Government.

There are some instances when a person won’t qualify.

GOV.UK states: “You will not qualify if you:

  • Are in hospital getting free treatment for more than a year
  • Need permission to enter the UK and your granted leave states that you can not claim public funds
  • Were in prison for the whole week from 21 to 27 September 2020
  • Lived in a care home for the whole time from 29 June to 27 September 2020, and got Pension Credit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance.”



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