The sun might be shining, but as we move into winter, the temperature is continuing to drop. Keeping your loved ones warm is as important as ever, but you may not have known that you can get some help with the costs involved in doing so.
A helping hand
Temperature drops can be especially dangerous for those with dementia. Hypothermia can quickly set in once the mercury dips below 8ºC, and Alzheimer’s can prevent your loved ones from letting you know that they are too cold. Not only that, but there is an increased risk of flu and other illnesses during this time of year. In the winter months, keeping your heating on is essential.
Winter fuel payments can provide up to £300 to help pay for heating bills, funded by the government. To be eligible, you must be born on or before 05 November 1953 and have lived in the UK for at least one day during the week of 17 to 23 September 2018 – known as the ‘qualifying week’.
Meet the deadline
Normally, you should receive winter fuel payments automatically, provided that you are eligible. However, you’ll need to make a claim if:
- You do not get benefits or a State Pension
- You only get Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction or Child Benefit
- You get benefits or a State Pension but live in Switzerland or an EEA country
The deadline for claiming payments for this winter is 31 March 2019, and it can be done in many different forms. More information can be found on the government’s winter fuel payments page.
Get some assistance
To find out more get in touch on 0800 668 1234, or contact your local office: