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Winter Fuel Allowance

edited 10 November 2009 at 11:33AM in Benefits & Tax Credits
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edited 10 November 2009 at 11:33AM in Benefits & Tax Credits
When is this actually paid and is it direct into ban accounts?


Update Nov 2009:

See the updated news story for the answers to this question

Winter Fuel Payment Help

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  • From The Pension Service Winter Fuel Payments website

    Winter Fuel Payments for 2004/05 will be made automatically over a number of weeks from mid-November 2004. So don't worry if you receive your payment at a different time to someone else in your household or other people who live near you.

    However if you haven't got yours before xmas do get onto them.
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    Thanks, Ted :)
  • Jo4Jo4 Forumite
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    There is no help for the under 60s, isn't that right?
  • rushnowtrushnowt Forumite
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    Hiya Jo

    Winter fuel allowance i'm sure is just for people aged 60 or above in the qualifying period ended -26th Sept for the 04/05 year , and normally living in the UK. however i do beleive there is a cold weather payment for i.s claimants if the temperature drops below a certain temp over a set period of time, they used to just pay this without making a claim. been a long time, so maybe things have changed, but i'm sure there will be info on the benefits agency website.  Sorry i couldn't be of more help  ???


    edited as i had originally given misleading information
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  • Jo4Jo4 Forumite
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    rushnowt Thanks for your prompt response and your help! It is appreciated! :D
  • Do you get any help with fuel costs if your disabled ?
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    leolady wrote: »
    Do you get any help with fuel costs if your disabled ?

    Nope, and there is a big hoo-haa going on about it as the pension credit is paid even if they don't winter in the UK (I know this as one chap in the village gets his and bogs off to Spain each November for 6 months). Where as if you are disabled and can't move around much, tough!
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    There is no extra help with for disabled - despite a long running campaign so that there is.:rolleyes:

    It is for over 60's only, and it doesn't matter how fit you are, or what income you have.

    It's generally paid into accounts around November time.

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  • margaretclaremargaretclare Forumite
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    Yes, it gets paid into your account mid-to late November. If there are 2 of you, you get half each i.e. £100 each drops into the account into which you receive your state pension. If you live alone then you get £200.

    Don't even get me started on this. I am one of the people who receives it but would rather not. I agree that there are many people who deserve it more than I do. Why November anyway - it's not as if we buy our winter fuel in advance, like buying a cellar-full of coal. We pay for gas and electricity by monthly direct debit, same winter and summer so £100 each in November is neither here nor there. However, many people see it differently. The argument goes, that older people like us are terrified of 'big bills' coming in that they'd rather freeze than put the heating on. Younger people feel differently. Or so I've been told.

    For the people who go to Spain for the winter, apparently it does get cold there too.

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    leolady wrote: »
    Do you get any help with fuel costs if your disabled ?

    Like everyone else is saying, no you can't, but I just wanted to have a rant because my hubby is disabled and needs warmth to keep him going. Not that I begrudge my over 60s parents getting it, but hubby needs it more than they do and it really gets on my wick that the Government don't acknowledge this!! :mad:

    Thanks for listening, I feel better for that now!
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