Winter Fuel Payment qualifying week starts today for retirees | Personal Finance | Finance

Given the current energy price crisis, many people, especially those on fixed incomes, will be worried about their bills. Prime Minister Liz Truss has stepped in to offer help, but some will be looking at all the support they can secure to assist this winter.

Thankfully, for older people, there is already a scheme which is designed to offer relief from rising prices.

The Winter Fuel Payment scheme is made available to those born on or before September 25, 1956.

They must have lived in the UK for at least one day during what is known as the ‘qualifying week’.

They could, this year, get between £250 and £600 to help pay their heating bills, according to the Government.

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Those who do not may still be able to secure a Winter Fuel Payment.

However, the following must apply: 

  • The person lives in a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland
  • The person has a genuine and sufficient link to the UK – including having lived or worked there, or having family there.

Any money a person gets from a Winter Fuel Payment is tax-free.

The support also does not impact any other payments or benefits a person may receive.

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