DWP to issue £600 winter fuel payment to millions of pensioners from today

DWP to issue £600 winter fuel payment to millions of pensioners from today

Updated: 9 days, 22 hours, 34 minutes, 34 seconds ago

Millions of pensioners will start receiving extra help on their energy bills this winter in the form of up to £600 starting from today, November 22. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) confirmed the winter fuel payments will begin to be rolled out automatically, with the majority of people getting their money by January 13, 2023.

The government is boosting the payments by an additional £300 this year due to surging energy bill costs which they blame on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to the DWP, over 11.6 million pensioners across the UK will begin receiving the payments this year as part of a £4.5 billion support package to help tackle the energy crisis.

Those expecting to receive the payment will see it appear in their bank statements with the reference starting with the customer's national insurance number followed by 'DWP WFP' - if you're in Great Britain - or 'DFC WFP' - if you're in Northern Ireland'.

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The overwhelming majority of Winter Fuel Payments are paid automatically but some people need to make a claim, such as those who qualify but do not receive benefits or the state pension and have never previously received a Winter Fuel Payment.

Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride said: "We want to do everything we can to support pensioners who are often the most exposed to higher costs. That’s why we’re providing all pensioner households with an additional £300 on top of their Winter Fuel Payments to heat their homes and stay warm this winter.

"This extra payment is just one part of the wider support package we’re delivering to help with rising bills, including the biggest State Pension increase in history. Our support doesn’t stop here. As we deal with the impact of Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine and the aftermath of the pandemic, we will continue to stand by the most vulnerable, with further cost of living payments coming next year."

This month, over seven million payments of £324 have already been made to low-income households as part of this Government’s cost of living support. This includes pensioners receiving Pension Credit. The average Pension Credit award is worth over £3,500 a year, and for those pensioners who may be eligible but are yet to make an application, there is still time to do so and qualify for this additional £324 payment.

This is because Pension Credit claims can be backdated by up to three months, provided the entitlement conditions are met throughout that time. To ensure that a successful backdated claim falls within the qualifying period for extra £324 cost of living help, pensioners are being urged to claim Pension Credit as soon as possible, and by no later than 18 th December.

Secretary of State for Wales, David TC Davies, added: “The UK Government recognises that pensioners in Wales need help with energy bills, and we are doing all we can to assist them.

“It’s important that older people are able to stay warm this winter and that’s why over 600,000 pensioners in Wales will receive this additional money which, for the vast majority, is paid directly to them.”

The online Pension Credit calculator is on hand to help pensioners check if they’re likely to be eligible and get an estimate of what they may receive.

Further cost of living support to be paid next year was announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement last week. Payments will include a further £300 for pensioners, £900 for households on means-tested benefits and £150 for those on disability benefits.

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