Almost 12 million pensioners will each receive up to £600 each from today to help tackle the cost of living crisis
Up to £600 to be paid to 11.6million pensioners from today in cost of living support in times of crisis
The £4.5bn package consists of a £300 increase in winter fuel payments
Money will be paid out – in most cases automatically – from today until January 13th
Almost 12 million pensioners will receive a living allowance of up to £600 from today to help with rising energy bills this winter.
The support, worth more than £4.5 billion, will go straight into the bank accounts of more than 11.6 million pensioners across the UK.
The money consists of the usual winter fuel payments for pensioners and an increase this year of an extra £300 per household – the cost of living payment for pensioners.
From today, the money will end up – in most cases automatically – in the pensioners’ bank accounts over the next two months.
Almost 12 million pensioners will receive a living allowance of up to £600 from today to help with soaring energy bills this winter (file photo).
Not all state pensioners will receive the money today, but the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) said most payments will be made in November or December and should be received by January 13.
The money will appear on bank statements with the payment reference starting with the customer’s social security number followed by “DWP WFP” for people in the UK or “DFC WFP” for people in Northern Ireland.
The overwhelming majority of winter fuel payments are paid automatically, but some people have to apply, e.g.
This scheme is part of a government support package that will help people of all ages with the cost of heating their homes, including through the £400 Energy Bills Support Scheme – available to eligible households in England, Scotland and Wales – and the Energy Price Guarantee , saving typical households £900.
“We want to do everything we can to support pensioners, who are often the most vulnerable to higher costs,” said Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride (pictured).
Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride said: “We want to do everything we can to support pensioners who are often most at risk of higher costs. That’s why we’re giving all retired households a further £300 on top of their winter fuel payments to heat their homes and stay warm this winter.
“This additional payment is just part of the broader package of support we are providing to help with rising bills, including the largest increase in state pensions in history. Our support doesn’t stop there.
“As we deal with the fallout from Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine and the fallout from the pandemic, we will continue to stand by the most vulnerable, with more living expenses to come over the next year.”
To ensure a successful retrospective claim falls within the £324 additional living expenses waiting period, pensioners are urged to claim the pension credit as soon as possible and no later than 18 December 2022.
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