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Claiming winter fuel payment

Arthurian
Arthurian Posts: 796 Forumite
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edited 26 September 2023 at 11:37PM in Ask An Expert
Your latest article about energy bills says “ If you’ve not got the winter fuel payment before, …. you'll need to claim it.” Yet the linked gov.uk website says you don’t need to claim if you receive the state pension.  What do you do if you started receiving the state pension this year, so have never had the winter fuel payment before? Do you need to claim it or will it come automatically?
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Hi Arthurian

Thanks for your message.

We have clarified the position with DWP and they have confirmed that as long as you had reached state pension age before 25 September 2023, you will automatically receive the winter fuel payment.

If you’ve not got the winter fuel payment before and you don't claim one of the eligible benefits (for example, you only claim housing benefit, council tax reduction, child benefit or universal credit), or you’ve deferred your state pension since your last winter fuel payment, you'll need to claim it. You can claim by post or by calling 0800 731 0160 from 4 October 2023.

We have updated our guide to reflect the above information.

Thanks MSE Clare

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  • Rodders53
    Rodders53 Posts: 2,147 Forumite
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    Automatically.  Believe the .gov site it's the horse's mouth.

    If it don't come.. THEN you claim (not until the date .gov give and is early in next year). 
    It happens, albeit rarely, that payment isn't automatic.

    As an October baby I missed the WFP for the year I first got SP as the qualifying date is in September.
  • Hi Arthurian

    Thanks for your message.

    We have clarified the position with DWP and they have confirmed that as long as you had reached state pension age before 25 September 2023, you will automatically receive the winter fuel payment.

    If you’ve not got the winter fuel payment before and you don't claim one of the eligible benefits (for example, you only claim housing benefit, council tax reduction, child benefit or universal credit), or you’ve deferred your state pension since your last winter fuel payment, you'll need to claim it. You can claim by post or by calling 0800 731 0160 from 4 October 2023.

    We have updated our guide to reflect the above information.

    Thanks
    MSE Clare

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