If you were born before 24th September 1957, you are eligible for a winter fuel allowance of between £250 and £600.  Most people receive it through the post in November or December. 

If you live alone, you should get the whole amount, and if you live with a partner or spouse of pension age, the payment may be split between you. 

If you need to make a claim, contact the Winter Fuel Payment Centre:

Telephone: 0800 731 0160

Textphone: contact Relay UK on 18001 then 0800 731 0160

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