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State Pension and Winter Fuel Payments.

roberttaylor570
roberttaylor570 Member Posts: 568 Pioneering
What are the rules concerning claiming or being given Winter Fuel Allowance.  I live with family and do not have a fuel bill.  I am not a house owner or tenant so will I be entitled to Winter Fuel Allowance when I receive my State Pension in December?  Any help will be greatly appreciated.  Many thanks.

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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Member, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 12,478 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @roberttaylor570 - there's some info here from the government's website; you will not qualify this year as the qualifying week is this month......so prior to you receiving your State pension. Please see: https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment/what-youll-get

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 31,365 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    For next year because you live with family you will only qualify if all those that you live with claim a qualifying benefit. If they don't then you won't qualify.
  • roberttaylor570
    roberttaylor570 Member Posts: 568 Pioneering
    Thank you @chiarieds and @poppy123456 for the info.   At the moment they are in receipt of Universal Credit.  This may change with the lifting of restrictions if my Son gets back into work.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 31,365 Disability Gamechanger
    Based on that information you won't qualify for the winter fuel payment.
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Member, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 12,478 Disability Gamechanger
    Just to say if next year you're eligible for the Winter Fuel payment you should get this automatically; you don't need to claim. If someone you live with also qualifies you might get half the normal amount. Last year I had a hiccup with this as it was said I lived with someone else. Not thinking my cat qualified, I got in touch, & the problem was rectified, tho I did have to wait a couple of months before I got the 2nd £100.
    My understanding is that it's not dependent on others in your family having a qualifying benefit, but if any others may already qualify to receive this.
  • roberttaylor570
    roberttaylor570 Member Posts: 568 Pioneering
    edited September 2020
    @chiarieds Thank you.  That was my reading of the rules but as I do not officially appear on the tenancy as I live with who I call my Son, not blood relative, my partner's son, but as we were together so long I helped bring the boys up and they call me Dad and the children see me as Grandad. I do not pay the fuel bills but would like to contribute if I could.  My "son" is my carer.

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