When Winter Fuel Allowance and Energy Rebate are paid when deploying the 2nd CoL Grant

The government has introduced a series of support measures this year to reduce the effects of soaring energy prices and inflation, as the UK battles a cost of living crisis.

These include a £400 energy rebate and a £300 top-up for this year’s winter fuel payment, plus a £650 cost of living payment for those on certain benefits.

This is split into two installments – with the first part of the grant £326and the second £324. The final payment arrives in November.

Here’s everything you need to know about all the payments still to come this winter.

Second cost of living payment

Who is eligible?

According to government guidelines, the £650 payment is available to all households receiving means-tested benefits, including those receiving the following:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Employment and Income Support Benefit
  • Income support
  • Labor tax credit
  • Child tax credit
  • Pension credit

To be eligible for the first payment of £326 you must have received one of these benefits or started a successful claim by Wednesday May 25.

For the second payment of £324 you must have received one of these benefits, or started a successful claim, for an assessment period from 26 August 2022 to 25 September 2022.

The government has clarified that people will not be eligible for payment if their Universal Credit is reduced to £0 for the qualifying assessment period. This is sometimes called a “zero reward”.

Reasons for your Universal Credit being reduced to £0 for an assessment period include getting more than one income payment, increasing your or your partner’s income, increasing your savings or your partner’s, or you begin to receive another benefit.

The first and second installments are intentionally slightly unequal to minimize the risk of fraud. When you receive the payments depends on the benefits you receive.

When will people get it?

Final payments are sent in two stages, with the majority of applicants included in the initial rollout.

According to government guidelines, for most eligible groups, payment will arrive between Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 23 November 2022.

This is the case for people on Universal Credit and other low-income benefits like Income Support and Pension Credit, with the government saying eight million households are eligible.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has advised that households should not expect payment to be made automatically on November 8.

According to the government: “The DWP will make a small number of payments on November 8, with figures increase significantly from November 9.

It also says claimants can be paid after Nov. 23, but only in “a small minority of complex circumstances.”

The government gives the example of claimants who “have been found unable to claim certain benefits, but have been granted a backdated right to appeal, or whose payments have been rejected due to invalid account details”.

Applicants who only benefit from the tax credits obtain their grant a little later, as they did for the first installment, with the second phase of the final installment taking place between Wednesday 23 and Wednesday 30 November.

Applicants who receive both HMRC tax credits and DWP low-income benefits will be included in the initial rollout of the second payment

If you are eligible for payment, you do not need to apply – payments will be automatically credited to you and should appear in your bank account with the code “DWP COL” or similar.

Monthly energy reimbursement

The £400 energy bill rebate is paid to all households nationwide, with no means test.

The plan originally called for households to receive a £200 rebate on their energy bills in October, which would then be paid back over five years from 2023, with customers paying an additional £40 on their bills each year.

However, at the end of May – and after much criticism – Rishi Sunak announced that the discount would be increased to £400 and would no longer have to be repaid.

You do not need to request the refund; it should be sent to you automatically. How you get it depends on how you pay for your energy.

The reduction has started in October and will be paid to consumers in installments over six months, with the subsidies administered by the energy suppliers.

It will break down into installments of £66 in October and Novemberrising to £67 per month from December to March 2023.

It will be provided monthly, whether people pay their bills monthly or quarterly or have a payment card associated with it.

Those who have a household electricity meter and make payments by charge card, standard credit and direct debit will receive an automatic deduction from bills or a separate payment, depending on the provider.

People who use prepaid meters and top up their credit before using energy should receive discount vouchers the first week of each month. These will be sent by SMS, email or post to the most recent contact details customers have left with suppliers.

The discount also applies to students and other tenants renting properties with domestic electricity contracts from landlords where fixed energy costs are included in their rental charges. In these circumstances, landlords reselling energy to their tenants must pass on discounted payments appropriately, in line with Ofgem’s rules to protect tenants.

No household should be asked for their bank details at any time. Ministers urge consumers to remain alert to potential scams and to report them to the relevant authorities if they suspect.

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Payment for winter fuel

Who is eligible?

Winter Heating Premium, also known as Heating Allowance, is a tax-free annual DWP payment for older people.

Anyone eligible can receive between £100 and £300 per year. This year the government will give around eight million pensioners an extra £300, called the Pensioners Cost of Living Payment, to help with rising costs.

Payment for winter fuel will be made available to households that include someone born on or before September 25, 1956.

You must also be living in the UK for at least one day during the week of September 19-25, 2022.

If you are not living in the UK during the qualifying week, you can still receive payment if both of the following conditions apply:

  • You live in Switzerland or in a country of the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • You have a genuine and sufficient connection to the UK – this may include having lived or worked in the UK and having family in the UK

You cannot get the payment if you live in Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Malta, Portugal or Spain because the average winter temperature is higher than the warmest part of the UK.

Payment is made to individuals rather than households.

However, people will receive less money if they live with someone who also qualifies.

You generally do not have to claim the winter fuel payment if you qualify. You should receive the money automatically.

If you haven’t received payment before, you’ll need to apply if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You do not receive any state allowances or pensions;
  • You only benefit from the housing allowance, the reduction in the housing tax, the family allowance or the universal credit;
  • You receive benefits or a state pension but reside in Switzerland or in an EEA country;
  • You receive Disabled Adult Allowance from the Scottish Government.

You can claim payment for winter fuel by phone or mail. Call 0800 731 0160 (+44 191 218 7777 from outside the UK) or find the complaint form here.

Before you call, you need to know your:

  • National insurance number
  • Bank or construction company details
  • BIC and IBAN numbers if you reside in an EEA country or Switzerland
  • Date you got married or entered into a civil partnership (if applicable)

Claims will be accepted until March 31, 2023.

How much do people earn?

The amount you will receive depends on your date of birth, your living situation and the type of benefits you receive. Benefits that may affect your payment are:

  • Pension credit
  • Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related employment and support allowance (AES)
  • Income support

The figures below include the additional DWP grant.

Persons born between September 26, 1942 and September 25, 1956, not receiving certain benefits:

  • You live alone or with no one else who qualifies – £500
  • You live with someone who also qualifies – £250
  • You live in a care home – £250

Persons born on or before September 25, 1942, not entitled to certain benefits:

  • You live alone or with no one else who qualifies – £600
  • You live with someone under 80 who is also eligible – £350
  • You live with someone over 80 who is also eligible – £300
  • You live in a care home – £300

People born between September 26, 1942 and September 25, 1956 and receiving at least one of the benefits listed:

  • You live alone or with no one else who qualifies – £500
  • You live with a partner who is also eligible, and one of you receives the benefits – £500 (only one of you receives the payment)
  • You live with someone (not your partner) who is eligible, and one of you is on one of the benefits – £500 (both of you will receive the payment)
  • You live in a nursing home – £0

People born on or before September 25, 1942, and receive at least one of the listed benefits:

  • You live alone or with no one else who qualifies – £600
  • You live with a partner who is also eligible and one of you receives the benefits – £600 (only one of you receives the payment)
  • You live with someone (not your partner) who is eligible, and one of you is on one of the benefits – £600 (both of you will receive the payment)
  • You live in a nursing home – £0

When will he be paid?

When he was Chancellor, Rishi Sunak promised the House of Commons that winter fuel payments would be made to pensioners by autumn 2022.

You will receive a letter telling you how much you will receive and an estimated payment date. You must be paid no later than January 13, 2023.

If you do not receive your payment, contact the Winter Fuel Payment Center.

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