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Winter Fuel Payment

A tax free benefit to help with your heating bills for people over 60 and born before 5/1/1952 (the date changes each year). Over 60's can receive £200 or £300 if over 80. It is paid automatically if you receive the State Pension or certain other social security benefits. Other conditions apply.

If you qualify but don't get paid automatically, make a claim to the Winter Fuel Payment Centre, Department for Work and Pensions, PO Box 22, Gateshead, NE92 1BX.
Helpline:- 08459 15 15 15

Cold Weather Payments

These help vulnerable people during periods of very cold weather occuring between 1 November and 31 March if the temperature drops to freezing or below for 7 consecutive days, as measured at you local weather station.

You can receive £25 for each 7 day period to help cover the additional heating costs if you qualify.

You could be eligible if you receive certain means tested benefits related to old age, having young children in the house, or disability.

Payment is made automatically through the Department of Work and Pensions to those who qualify.

Warm Home Discount

This is paid by energy suppliers who have subscribed to the scheme to help with the additional winter heating costs and for winter 2014-15 is worth £140. Payment, if you qualify, is in the form of a credit paid to your electricity meter.

You could be eligible if you are over 75 and receive the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit. Those under 75 can also qualify as long as they don't also get the Savings Credit.

Energy suppliers also have discretion to include other vulnerable people in their schemes. However, they all have slightly different rules and you need to check with your supplier to see if you could qualify.

Warm Home Discount Helpline:- 0845 6039439

Priority Services Register

Energy suppliers make special services available for their most vunerable customers. These tend to be for older people, those with a disability including hearing or visual impairment or peolpe with long term ill-health.

The services could include energy supplier officials using an agreed password when calling on you, fitting prepayment meters in a more convenient location, taking quarterly meter readings rather than every 2 years, priority services in an emergency and annual gas safety checks.

To join your energy suppliers register contact them on the telephone number shown on your energy bill.

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