Winter Fuel Payments

Eligible individuals born before 25 September 1957 can receive a Winter Fuel Payment of £250 to £600, including a Pensioner Cost of Living Payment of £150 to £300. Find out if you're eligible here.

If you were born before 25 September 1957 you could get between £250 and £600 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’.

The amount you receive will include a ‘Pensioner Cost of Living Payment’.  This is between £150 and £300.  You’ll get this extra amount in winter 2023 to 2024. This is in addition to any other cost of living payments you get with your benefit or tax credits.


  • Most people get the Winter Fuel Payment automatically if they are eligible.
  • If you’re eligible, you will receive a letter in October or November saying how much you will get.
  • If you do not get a letter but you think you’re eligible, click here if you need to make a claim.
  • Most eligible people are paid in November or December. 
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