Winter Fuel Payment 

piggy bank and wallet on top of a radiator. The wallet represents Winter Fuel Payment

The Winter Fuel Payment in Scotland is an annual payment of £250 to £600 to help with the cost of energy.

If you are old enough to get the state pension, you might be eligible. The amount you can get depends on your circumstances.

Winter Fuel Payment eligibility in Scotland 

You need to be old enough to receive a state pension. For example, for the 2023/24 payment, you must have been born on or before 25 September 1957.

You also need to be living in the UK, unless:

  • You’ve been living in an eligible European country since before 1 Jan 2021 and
  • You have a link to the UK, such as having lived or worked there, or you have family in the UK.

How much is the Winter Fuel Payment?

How much you get depends on:

  • When you were born
  • Your circumstances during qualifying week. For 2023/24, qualifying week was 18 – 24 September 2023

However much you get will include a Pensioner Cost of Living Payment. This is an extra benefit of between £150 and £300.

How do I get the Winter Fuel Payment?

The government should have written to you at the end of 2023 to let you know if you are eligible. The letter should also have said how much you’ll get.

If you think you are eligible but haven’t had a letter, you should make a claim through the website. The deadline for claiming winter fuel payment in Scotland for 2023/24 is 31 March 2024.

The payment itself usually goes directly into your bank account.

When will the Winter Fuel Payment be made?

For winter 2023/24, you should have been paid in November or December 2023.

If you’ve had no communication or payment, you should contact the Winter Fuel Payment Centre.

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