Those eligible can claim between £100 and £300 for fuel payments this winter

Households across the UK are facing a rough winter ahead, as a result of the rise in energy prices, as well gas shortages, and electricity and nuclear power supply issues.

Brits will have to tackle higher energy costs starting October 2021, with the UK energy price cap rising to £1,277 this autumn, a rise due to towering wholesale gas prices.

As a result of this soaring energy costs increase, the government has introduced a Winter Fuel Payment allowance, specifically aimed at those born on or before 26 September 1955.

Those concerned could receive between £100 and £300 to help them pay for their heating bills.

Here is everything you need to know about the winter fuel allowance:

Who is eligible for a winter fuel payment?

As mentioned above, anyone who was born on or before October 5, 1955 is eligible for the winter fuel allowance.

But a person will also need to have lived in the UK for at least one day during the “qualifying week”of 20 to 26 September 2021.

A person can still receive the payment despite not having lived in the UK during that period, but will have to have lived in Switzerland or a European Economic Area (EEA) country and have a genuine and sufficient link to the UK, such as having worked in the country or having a family there.

People from Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Malta, Portugal or Spain are not eligible for the allowance due to these countries’ average winter temperature being higher than the warmest region of the UK.

Who is not eligible for a winter fuel payment?

– People who are in the hospital getting free treatment for more than a year

– Those who need permission to enter the UK and are granted leave

– People who were in prison for the whole week from 20 to 26 September 2021

– People who lived in a care home for the whole time from 28 June to 26 September 2021, and got Pension Credit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

When is allowance paid?

Most payments for the winter fuel allowance are made automatically in November or December.

The government website has posted the following information: “You should get your money by 14 January 2022.”

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