People over state pension age can quickly check if they qualify for a new £300 cost of living payment

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced last week that millions of people and households across the country will receive additional support from the UK government to help them cope with soaring inflation, rising energy bills and to the rising cost of living.

A series of one-time payments have been unveiled to help people through the crisis, including those on low incomes, people with disabilities and vulnerable households. The energy bill tax of £200 has also been increased to £400 and made into a non-refundable subsidy for all domestic customers.

The Chancellor’s £15bn support package also includes £300 support payments for more than eight million of the 12.4million pensioner households across the UK.

All pensioner households who receive the Winter Fuel Payment will receive an additional £300 to help cover rising energy costs this winter.

The Winter Fuel Payment is paid automatically each year to men and women born on or before September 16, 1955, you do not need to claim it.

You will automatically receive your winter fuel payment if you qualify and:

  • Get the state pension
  • Get another Social Security benefit – not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit

The UK government said: “Pensioners are disproportionately affected by higher energy costs, and many low-income pensioner households are not claiming the means-tested benefits to which they are entitled.

“This payment will go to the more than 8 million retirement households who receive the Winter Fuel Payment.”

The “Pensioner Cost of Living Payment” will supplement the annual winter fuel payments in November and December.

It will be paid in addition to any other one-off assistance to which a retired household is entitled, for example when receiving a pension credit or invalidity benefits.

Eligible households currently receive between £200 and £300 towards the winter fuel payment, so the payment will be at least double the assistance for this winter.

For most retirement households, this will be paid by direct debit.

Who will be eligible for payment?

People will be eligible for the £300 payment if they are over state pension age (66 or over) between 19 and 25 September 2022 – known as the ‘qualifying week’ for the benefit winter fuel.

However, there are certain circumstances where a person above state retirement age is not entitled to winter fuel payment which may be found here on GOV.UK.

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