Winter Fuel Payment


Winter Fuel Payment is not means tested, it is based on your age. This is a tax-free annual benefit paid by the Government to help with the costs of keeping warm in winter. It does not affect your other benefits.


You may have qualified for a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2017/2018 if both the following apply:

  • you reached the qualifying age which means you were born on or before 5 August 1953
  • you normally lived in Northern Ireland or Great Britain on any day throughout the week 18 to 24 September 2017

You won’t qualify for a Winter Fuel Payment if, throughout the week of 18 - 24 September 2017, you:

  • Are in prison
  • Are in hospital getting free treatment for more than 52 weeks
  • Need permission to enter the UK and don’t qualify for help from the Department for Communities
  • Have lived in a care home for the previous 12 weeks or more and get Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Lived in Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Malta, Portugal or Spain.

What you may receive

If eligible you will receive between £100 and £300, depending on your circumstances.  To check the amount you will receive go to NI Direct

If you're eligible for Winter Fuel Payment and receive certain benefits or have received it in the past, you don't need to claim as you should receive your payment automatically.  If not you will need to claim.

How to Claim

You can claim by telephone by contacting the Winter Fuel Payment Centre on 0345 915 15 15 (claims within UK) or +44 (0) 191 218 7777 (claims outside UK)

Text number: +44 (0) 191 218 7280 (deaf or hearing-impaired callers outside UK)

You can also claim by post by downloading an application form or asking The Winter Fuel Payment Centre to send you a form.

You may be eligible for a Winter Fuel Payment if you live in another European Economic Area country or Switzerland and you have a genuine link with the UK.