Average winter temperatures vary across Italy, but those who move here after only experiencing scorching summers are often surprised to discover just how cold the country can get.
Even the hardiest of arrivals from colder climes will no doubt have to switch on the radiators or fire up the woodburner between November and February – despite the surging costs.
As the cost of living crisis bites, some UK nationals who reside in Italy may wonder if they could still be eligible for winter fuel financial support from the UK.
What is the UK’s winter fuel payment?
The UK’s winter fuel payment is a tax-free payment to help older people with heating costs during the cold winter months.
Those eligible must have been born before September 26th 1956, according to the UK government’s website.
How much people receive depends on their age and whether anyone else in the household is also eligible, but the amount is usually between £250 and £600.
I’m a UK national living in Italy. Can I claim the winter fuel payment?
Yes, if you meet the following criteria according to the British government’s website:
“If you do not live in the UK, you’re only eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment if:
- you moved to an eligible country before 1 January 2021
- you were born before 26 September 1956
- you have a genuine and sufficient link to the UK – this can include having lived or worked in the UK, and having family in the UK”
Find out how to claim the fuel payment on the UK government’s website here.
According to the UK government, during winter the average temperature is between 2 and 7 degrees Celsius in the UK.
The Italian government divides the country into six ‘climate zones’ which determine when and for how long residents should have their heating switched on each winter.
According to the government’s classification, the coldest parts of the country are the northern provinces of Cuneo, Trento, and Belluno, where no heating restrictions apply.