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DWP Winter Fuel Payment update could see millions qualify for £300 top-up

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that millions of older pensioners could be in line for a £300 one-off payment on their Winter Fuel Payments. Older people may qualify for the one-off ‘Pensioner Cost of Living Payment’ which is designed to help people over state pension age manage energy bills this winter.

More than eight million eligible households which receive the Winter Fuel Payment across the UK will also get an extra £300 from November 2022. The DWP updated their online guidance, clarifying the payment amounts for people who live with someone and either of you receive certain benefits – Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Income Support.

The Winter Fuel Payment, including the extra Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, is not taxable and does not affect eligibility for other benefits. However, the full amount of Winter Fuel Payment you will get for winter 2022 to 2023 depends on your circumstances, as seen in The Daily Record.

People will be eligible for this payment if they are over State Pension age (aged 66 or above) between 19 – 25 September 2022. DWP has updated the new details to include the £300 payment and clarified who is eligible and how much they will get, depending on their circumstances.

Winter Fuel Payment rates 2022/23

Amounts shown in all examples are the total payments.

You qualify and live alone (or none of the people you live with qualify)

  • Born between September 25, 1942 and September 25, 1956: £500
  • Born on or before September 25, 1942: £600

You qualify and live with someone under 80 who also qualifies

  • Born between September 25, 1942 and September 25, 1956: £250
  • Born on or before September 25, 1942: £350

You qualify and live with someone 80 or over who also qualifies

  • Born between September 25, 1942 and September 25, 1956: £250
  • Born on or before September 25, 1942: £300

You qualify and live with a partner who qualifies, and either of you gets certain benefits

Benefits – Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Income Support.

  • Born between September 25, 1942 and September 25, 1956: £500 – only one of you will get the payment
  • Born on or before September 25, 1942: £600 – only one of you will get the payment

You qualify and live with someone (not your partner) who qualifies, and either of you gets certain benefits

Benefits – Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Income Support.

  • Born between September 25, 1942 and September 25, 1956: £500 – you will both get the payment
  • Born on or before September 25, 1942: £600 – you will both get the payment

You qualify, live in a care home and do not get certain benefits

Benefits – Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Income Support

  • Born between September 25, 1942 and September 25, 1956: £250
  • Born on or before September 25, 1942: £300

Winter fuel payments if you get certain benefits

Your payment may be different if you or your partner gets one of the following benefits:

  • Pension Credit
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support

You qualify, get one of the benefits and live alone (or none of the people you live with qualify)

  • Born between September 25, 1942 and September 25, 1956: £500
  • Born on or before September 25, 1942: £600

You qualify and live with a partner who qualifies, and either of you gets one of the benefits

  • Born between September 25, 1942 and September 25, 1956: £500 – only one of you will get the payment
  • Born on or before September 25, 1942: £600 – only one of you will get the payment

You qualify and live with someone (not your partner) who qualifies, and either of you gets one of the benefits

  • Born between September 25, 1942 and September 25, 1956: £500 – you will both get the payment
  • Born on or before September 25, 1942: £600 – you will both get the payment

You qualify, live in a care home and get one of the benefits

  • Born between September 25, 1942 and September 25, 1956: Nil
  • Born on or before September 25, 1942: Nil

When you will get paid

Most payments will be made automatically in November or December.

There are certain circumstances where an individual above State Pension age does not qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment which can be found on GOV.UK, here.

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