Either a £300 of £150 cost of living payment will be made, depending on your situation, to those who are eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment: Overview - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The Winter Fuel Payment is an automatic tax-free payment (usually paying between £100 and £300 per person, depending on age and circumstances) if you are of State Pension age in the third week of September 2023. The State Pension age is 66.
You should start getting the Winter Fuel Payment automatically once you reach the State Pension age, but you might need to apply if you don’t get State Pension or another benefit.
The Cost of Living amount is on top of the original Winter Fuel Payment amount, which will be paid at the same time in November or December 2023.
How will the payments work?
You’ll get a £300 Cost of Living payment if you live either:
- On your own
- With people who don’t qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment
If you live with someone else who qualifies for the Winter Fuel Payment, the amount you’ll get depends on whether either of you get any of the following:
- Pension Credit
- income-related Employment Support Allowance
- income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
If either you or the person you live with gets one of these benefits, you’ll both get £300 - as long as you’re not partners. If you’re partners, you’ll only get one £300 payment.
If neither of you gets one of these benefits, you’ll both get £150.
If you live in residential care and qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment, you'll get £150 unless you get any of these benefits.
When will the payments be made?
Where possible, the payments will be made directly into people’s bank accounts, they won’t need to apply for them.
If you are not claiming any of these benefits yet, you should use the Fife Benefits Checker in the link below to find out if you are missing out on any entitlements. It’s worth starting a claim as soon as possible if you are eligible - this means you might be able to get the cost of living payments in the future.
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