State Pension UK: Some pensioners may miss out on Winter Fuel Payment – check eligibility

State Pension UK: Some pensioners may miss out on Winter Fuel Payment – check eligibility

State Pension payments are provided to individuals who have racked up enough National Insurance (NI) contributions, usually throughout their working lifetime. However, the government website has stated: “You may get less than the new full state pension if you were contracted out before April 6, 2016.” While state pension payments provide important financial support, it is likely many older people could incur extra costs this festive season.

Throughout the colder months of the year, millions of households will turn up their heating in order to keep warm.

And during this unprecedented year, it is also likely lots of people will choose to stay at home as much as possible.

As a result, the bills households will have to meet when it comes to heating and energy will probably be higher.

To address this issue, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), has issued its Winter Fuel Payment.

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However, the government has explained some expats could miss out on the Winter Fuel Payment due to eligibility rules.

Its website states: “You cannot get the payment if you live in Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Malta, Portugal or Spain.”

This, the government states, is because the average winter temperature in these countries is higher than the warmest region of the UK.

In addition, other pensioners who live in the UK could fail to qualify for a number of reasons which are outlined by the government.

Those who cannot unlock entitlement to a Winter Fuel Payment may still be able to receive a Cold Weather Payment or Warm Home Discount under alternative government schemes.

However, if a person is entitled to the Winter Fuel Payment, they should receive the sum automatically. 

Most payments will be made between November and December, with all those eligible set to receive their sum by January 13, 2021.

If a person has not received their payment by this time, they are encouraged to reach out to the Winter Fuel Payment Centre who may be able to rectify the issue. 

Published at Sat, 05 Dec 2020 07:16:00 +0000