Winter Fuel Payment: Disability

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7 June 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to extend the Winter Fuel Allowance to disabled people.

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Winter fuel payments are an age-related payment made to those who have reached state pension age. There are no plans to change the eligibility criteria at this time.

The Government has provided a generous package for those most in need, with one-off Cost of Living Payments.

Winter fuel payments will be increased this winter to £500 for a household with someone of state pension age and under 80 and £600 for a household with someone aged 80 or over. Disabled customers who are of state pension age will receive a Winter Fuel Payment.

Around six million people across the UK who receive disability benefits will receive a one-off Cost of Living payment of £150 by the end of September. For the many disability benefit recipients who receive means tested benefits, this £150 will come on top of the Cost-of-Living payment of £650 this year, made in two instalments - the first from July, the second in the autumn.

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