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Winter Fuel Payments: people in residential care

Published Monday, November 11, 2013

People in residential care who receive Pension Credit do not qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment. Other care home residents receive half the full rate (£100, or £150 for people aged 80 or over). This note describes the rules as they apply to people in care homes, and explains the rationale behind them.

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The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax-free annual payment to help older people with the cost of their winter fuel bills. The “standard” rates are £200 per eligible household where the oldest person is under 80, and £300 for households containing a person aged 80 or over.

People in residential care do not however qualify for the full rate of Winter Fuel Payment. Those receiving income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit receive no payment. Other residents receive half the full rate (£100, or £150 for people aged 80 or over).

This note describes the rules as they apply to people in care homes, and explains the rationale behind them.

Commons Briefing papers SN01475

Author: Steven Kennedy

Topics: Benefits administration, Benefits policy, Pensions, Sickness, disability and carers' benefits

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