As you probably know the Winter Fuel Payment is a tax free payment to help older people keep warm during winter. It is provided by the government to those who are eligible.
Who can get it in winter 2012/2013:
If you were born on or before 5 July 1951 you may qualify. It’s not means tested and you can get it if you’re still working or claiming a benefit. In some circumstances you may be able to get it if you live in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
Winter Fuel Payment abroad:
Firstly, you no longer have to have received it in the UK before moving abroad and secondly, if you live abroad, you may be able to receive Winter Fuel Payments if all the following apply:
- you have reached women’s State Pension age
- you live in another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland
- you have a genuine and sufficient link with the UK, for example, you have lived or worked in the UK for most of your working life
But the clock is ticking and you’ll need to get a move on as the qualifying date to get the most you can is 17th September 2012.