11,600,000 people to get up to £600 to help with energy bills from today

Doreen Thompson turns off her water heater as she limits her use of heating to keep up with her increasing energy bills, at her home in south London, on November 3, 2021. - British pensioner Doreen Thompson is deeply worried about surging winter energy bills for her two-bedroom apartment in the London suburb of Brixton. The 70-year-old usually entertains guests in her kitchen because it's warmer than the living room -- where walls have mould -- and she wears extra clothes to avoid heating her flat. - TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Olivier DEVOS (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Olivier DEVOS (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Pensioners will get both the ‘winter fuel payment’ and a cost-of-living cheque (Picture: AFP)

More than 11.6 million pensioners are set to get up to £600 in their bank accounts from today to help with spiralling energy costs.

People born before September 26, 1956, are eligible for the government’s ‘winter fuel payment’ which ranges from between £250 to £600.

The payment to help with heating bills has been boosted this year with an additional £150 to £300 one-off ‘pensioner’s cost-of-living’ cheque.

Cash will be automatically landing in people’s bank accounts over the next two months.

How much people receive will depend on their circumstances, while those eligible not needing to apply or do anything to receive it.

Though some people who do qualify for the winter fuel payment but do not receive benefits, a state pension and have never previously received a winter fuel payment might need to claim, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) said.

Work and pension secretary Mel Stride said the government will do ‘everything’ to support pensioners (Picture: Reuters)

How much it costs for a Brit to heat their home this winter has soared (Picture: Getty Images)

Those who haven’t received the top-up by January 13 are asked to contact the Winter Fuel Payment Centre.

People should watch out for texts or emails from scammers inviting them to make applications.

The payment will appear with a reference starting with the person’s National Insurance number followed by ‘DWP WFP’ for people in Britain or ‘DFC WFP’ for those in Northern Ireland.

The payment is part of a small raft of tax-free government cheques that don’t count towards the benefits cap and don’t impact existing social welfare payments.

Alongside the pensioner’s cost-of-living payment, a further one million families on means-tested benefits …read more

Source:: Metro News

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