Monday, 14 September 2009


If you qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment, you should apply before 25th September to get your payment before Christmas. Actually, if you qualify for it you shouldn't actually need to apply - but if, for example, you've never had it before you may need to check that you are going to get it. If it hasn't arrived by Christmas 2009 then contact the Winter Fuel Payment Helpline on 08459 15 15 15 (0845 601 5613 for textphone users). Lines are open from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Charges are the same as for local calls. You can also send an email from the Pension Service web page - more info HERE.
Men over 60 years old but under 65 years old often miss out as they are still working, not drawing the state pension and so don't automatically get it. The payment (depending on age and circumstances) is between £125 and £400, and not taxable, so it's well worth finding out about. Don't leave it because if you don't apply before March 30th, 2010, you will miss out altogether - not very frugal!

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