Help to maintain heat is accessible for eligible teams (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)As the climate turns cooler, many individuals begin desirous about when to show the heating on – and whether or not it’s reasonably priced in a value of residing disaster.
Even although the vitality worth cap is about to fall on October 1, which can cap the standard family invoice at £1,923 in comparison with the present £2,074 in July, meals and vitality payments are nonetheless a battle for a lot of.
The authorities’s Winter (Winter Sale is right here) Fuel Payment is designed to assist eligible individuals to maintain heat and pay their heating payments, and is along with any Cost of Living funds or different advantages.
So who’s eligible for the Winter (Winter Sale is right here) Fuel Payment and the way do you declare it?
Here is what it’s essential to know.
How a lot is the Winter (Winter Sale is right here) Fuel Payment?
The Winter (Winter Sale is right here) Fuel Payment is a one-off fee between £250 and £600 to assist with heating prices.
The fee helps individuals pay their vitality payments (Picture: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP through Getty Images)The quantity you get relies on once you had been born and your circumstances between September 18-24, 2023. This known as the ‘qualifying week’.
Who is eligible for the Winter (Winter Sale is right here) Fuel Payment?
You can get a Winter (Winter Sale is right here) Fuel Payment should you had been born earlier than 25 September 1957.
Most individuals get the fee routinely in the event that they’re eligible.
You don’t want to assert should you get any of the next:
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
awards from the War Pensions Scheme
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
Industrial Death Benefit
However, should you don’t get any of those advantages, had been born earlier than 25 September 1957 AND both of the next apply, you’ll want to assert:
you haven’t had the the Winter (Winter Sale is right here) Fuel Payment earlier than
you’ve deferred your State Pension since your final Winter (Winter Sale is right here) Fuel Payment
The decrease Energy Price Cap must also assist with vitality prices (Picture: Getty Images)In some circumstances you too can declare should you’re the fitting age and dwell overseas – you’ll must have:
moved to an eligible nation earlier than 1 January 2021
have a ‘real and adequate hyperlink’ to the UK – this could embody having lived or labored within the UK, and having household within the UK
How to assert
Most individuals don’t want to assert because the fee might be made routinely. But should you do want to assert, you may have two choices:
declare by publish – out there now
declare by cellphone – from October 4, 2023
The fee will assist older individuals keep heat this Winter (Winter Sale is right here) (Picture: Getty Images)To declare by publish, obtain a Winter (Winter Sale is right here) Fuel Payment declare kind for UK residents and ship it to:
Winter (Winter Sale is right here) Fuel Payment CentreMail Handling Site AWolverhamptonWV98 1LR
To declare by cellphone, name 0800 731 0160 on weekdays 8am-6pm from October 4, or to make use of the textphone service contact Relay UK on 18001 then 0800 731 0160 for textphone.You can even use the British Sign Language (BSL) video relay service should you’re on a pc.
There’s a unique claims process should you dwell abroad – the kinds you’ll want will shortly be out there, or you’ll be able to name 0044 (0)191 218 7777.
The deadline to make a declare for Winter (Winter Sale is right here) 2023 to 2024 is March 31, 2024.
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