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DWP has produced materials to help organisations understand the Winter Fuel Payment and Cold Weather Payment for winter 2011/12.

Video: Cold Weather and Winter Fuel Payments

You can now watch a short video on Directgov to help understand how Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments are different.

Winter 2010/11

The deadline to claim a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2010/11 has now passed. People may still make a late claim but it’s unlikely that they’ll get paid.

Cold Weather Payments will begin to be triggered again from 1 November 2011.

Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2011/12

Winter Fuel Payments are paid depending on people’s circumstances in a qualifying week. The qualifying week for winter 2011/12 will be 19 to 25 September 2011.

For winter 2011/12 the amounts will be:

  • up to £200 for households with someone born on or before 5 January 1951, and
  • up to £300 for households with someone aged over 80 years.

Both men and women born on or before 5 January 1951 may qualify for a Winter Fuel Payment next winter. This date changes each year in line with the increase in women’s State Pension age.

Frequently asked questions

These tools will help you to advise people about Winter Fuel Payments, and other financial help to stay warm this winter.

They have been updated to reflect 2011/12 changes.

Two guides that answer common questions about Winter Fuel Payment and Cold Weather Payments:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/adviser/updates/money-towards-winter-fuel/<

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