Millions of people could benefit from a boost of £ 300 this winter – are you eligible? | Personal Finances | Finance
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) offers Winter Fuel Payment to help retirees pay gas and electricity costs. This payment is usually automatic, but some eligible people may have to make a claim in order to receive the amount.
People who have not lived in the UK during the ‘qualifying week’ may also be eligible for the winter fuel payment if they live in Switzerland or the European Economic Area (EEA) and have a ‘bond real and sufficient with the United Kingdom â.
This includes having lived or worked in the UK at some point or having family in the country.
On the government’s website, however, he explained that people living in Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Malta, Portugal or Spain cannot get a winter fuel payment.
Most people who meet this criteria will not need to claim their payment from the government as it should be automatic, but Brits should check if they have not received a payment.
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Â£ 300 is the maximum amount offered which should be paid out automatically this month, but that’s different for everyone.
For people born on or before September 26, 1941, they can receive:
â¢ Â£ 300 if they live alone or if none of the other people they live with are eligible for the allowance
â¢ Â£ 200 if living with someone under 80 who is also eligible
â¢ Â£ 150 if living with someone 80 or over who is also eligible
â¢ Â£ 150 if they live in a care home and do not receive certain benefits
In addition, for people born between September 27, 1941 and September 26, 1955, they can receive:
â¢ Â£ 200 if living alone or if none of the other people they live with are eligible for the allowance
â¢ Â£ 100 if living with another eligible person
â¢ Â£ 100 if they live in a care home and do not receive certain benefits
Prior to receiving payment, beneficiaries will receive a letter advising them of the amount to which they are entitled and an estimated payment date.
People can make complaints by mail or by phone.
People who call will have to provide their national insurance number, the contact details of their bank or their mortgage company.
Those living in an EEA country or Switzerland will need to provide their BIC and IBAN numbers and the date they entered into a marriage or civil partnership, if applicable.
People claiming by mail will be required to complete a Winter Fuel Payment Form, although this will vary depending on where the person resides.
Details of specific forms are available on the government website.