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Winter Fuel Payment – Northern Ireland

If you’ve reached the qualifying age you may get a Winter Fuel Payment to help pay for keeping warm in winter. The tax-free annual benefit is normally paid from November – most payments are made by Christmas.

It is a yearly tax free payment to help people pay for their heating in the winter. Getting the Winter Fuel Payment will not affect any other benefits you may get. This is different from Cold Weather Payments which you may get for each week of very cold weather in your area.

The NI Direct web page Winter Fuel Payment provides detailed information on the payment including:

  • Are you eligible
  • How to apply
  • Can a couple get the Winter Fuel Payment
  • Changes to the qualifying age
  • Getting paid

How to apply

Contact the Winter Fuel Payment Helpline on 0845 915 1515, textphone 0845 601 5613. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.

Cross-border issues

Can I get winter fuel payments if I move across the border?

If you have moved from North to South, and are in receipt of a UK pension or similar, you may still be entitled to the Winter Fuel payment. You won’t receive your first payment automatically so you will need to contact the International Pension Centre to make a claim using Form WPC3.

Once you have received your first payment, you will not have to reapply each year.

For further information please contact

International Pension Centre
Winter Fuel Payment Team,
Room TC 201,
Tyneview Park,
Newcastle Upon Tyne,
NE98 1BA

Telephone 0191 21 87777 or +44 191 21 87777 when dialling from the south of Ireland


Page last checked: February 2016

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