Winter Fuel Payment - I'll be 63 when I get it

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  • Fraserca
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    Dunroamin wrote: »
    Mistress, if you don't mind!

    60 hasn't been the "magic age" for years.

    Mistress ! Thank you for the lashings .........

    I do like your outfit..
    qui tacet consentire -

    Who is silent gives consent.
  • fredwil_2
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    I was born on 28th March 1952, so when will I get the winter fuel payment and when should I claim?
  • Savvy_Sue
    Savvy_Sue Posts: 46,109 Forumite
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    fredwil wrote: »
    I was born on 28th March 1952, so when will I get the winter fuel payment and when should I claim?
    Not this year, I'm afraid ... see here.

    There's a State Pension Age calculator here. Unless you're eligible to claim WFP for other reasons then I think you'll have to wait to reach that age, and the answer seems to depend on whether you're a fred or a freda.
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  • skivenov
    skivenov Posts: 2,204 Forumite
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    Don't worry about it, I'll be dead before I get anything off the government, and then it'll only be a burial because I'm starting to smell.
    Yes it's overwhelming, but what else can we do?
    Get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute?
  • zygurat789
    zygurat789 Posts: 4,263 Forumite
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    I think we will have to close this thread once GO has had his mean little savings round
    The only thing that is constant is change.
  • Roger1
    Roger1 Posts: 1,603 Forumite
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    edited 25 June 2013 at 9:46AM
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    fredwil wrote: »
    ... when should I claim?
    You don't. They'll contact you.

    Unless you are unknown to the Government in which case you wouldn't qualify ...

    EDIT: see p00hsticks's comments in posts 18 and 19.
  • p00hsticks
    p00hsticks Posts: 12,954 Forumite
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    Savvy_Sue wrote: »
    Not this year, I'm afraid ... see here.

    There's a State Pension Age calculator here. Unless you're eligible to claim WFP for other reasons then I think you'll have to wait to reach that age, and the answer seems to depend on whether you're a fred or a freda.

    I dontl think that's true. If you're male I don't believe that you do have to wait until you reach State Pension Age before being eligible for WFP - the age eligibility criteria for WFP is the same for both men and women and is rising in realtino to the WOMENS state pension age.

    https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment/eligibility

    However, if you're a man born before just the qualifying date for next winter (5th January 1952) and therefore not claiming State Pension yet, you will have to apply for it rather than get it automatically.

    https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment/how-to-claim

    If they keep up to the existing rules (and that's a bif if), then I think fredwil should first be eligible the following year (Winter 2014-15). Basically to meet the date eligibility criteria you have to be born on or before the date of the youngest womnen who will reach state pension age in September of the WFP year in question.

    So a woman born on 5th January 1952 reaches State pension age in September 2013 (one born on 6th doesn;t reach it for another month).

    Simialrly a woman born on 5th July 1952 reaches state pension age in September 2014, so I'd expect 5th July 1952 to be the cut off date for the WFP for 2014-15, which fredwil will meet.
  • p00hsticks
    p00hsticks Posts: 12,954 Forumite
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    Roger1 wrote: »
    You don't. They'll contact you.

    Apparently not if you're a qualifying male under State Pension age and not in receipt of benefits - see my previous post
  • Savvy_Sue
    Savvy_Sue Posts: 46,109 Forumite
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    My head hurts ...
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  • p00hsticks
    p00hsticks Posts: 12,954 Forumite
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    Savvy_Sue wrote: »
    My head hurts ...

    I don't blame you - I know what I mean but it's really difficult to explain ..... and made really complicated by the way the womans state pension age is rising.
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