You could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills.
This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’. You’ll qualify for Winter Fuel Payment if: you were born on or before 05 May 1953 (for winter 2016 to 2017 – this date changes every year) and you’ll be living in the UK throughout the week of 19 to 25 September 2016.
"Winter can be hard for older people, particularly those who are vulnerable, and they should have the confidence to turn up the heating when they need to, safe in the knowledge that they will be able to afford to pay the bill".
"Winter Fuel Payments give people this peace of mind and remain central to our one nation commitment of a compassionate society which puts economic security at its heart"
On top of Winter Fuel Payments, around 2 million households also receive help each year through the Warm Home Discount scheme. This year’s payment is giving more than 1.3 million of the poorest pensioners an extra £140 off their energy bill.
You qualify for the Warm Home Discount scheme if on 10 July 2016 all of the following applied:
your electricity supplier was part of the scheme
your name (or your partner’s) was on the bill
you were getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (even if you get Savings Credit as well)
If you don’t get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit but:you may be able to apply directly to your electricity supplier for help as long as you have;
you’re on a low income
you get certain means-tested benefits
Check with your fuel supplier to see if you’re eligible and how to apply
Stay warm this year, if you need any further help call the Wrinkly Team on 01622 843617