With temperatures dropping, cold weather payments have now been triggered in some areas, to help with the cost of heating your house during the winter months.
This is everything you need to know - including how to know if you’re eligible for a Cold Weather Payment and how to check if your area has begun issuing payments yet.
What do you get from a Cold Weather Payment?
The Cold Weather Payment scheme runs from 1 November 2019 to 31 March 2020 and you’ll get £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between these dates.
After each period of very cold weather in your area, you should get a payment within 14 working days. It’s paid into the same bank or building society account as your benefit payments.
How can I claim?
You do not need to apply in order to claim. If you’re eligible to get a Cold Weather Payment, you’ll be paid it automatically.
How can I check if my area is set to receive a payment?
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that the Cold Weather Payment has started to be paid during this year’s scheme, but so far, only Scotland has seen weather cold enough to trigger payments.
The average temperature in your area must be recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below for 7 consecutive days.
You can check if a payment is due in your area by visiting: coldweatherpayments.dwp.gov.uk
The Cold Weather Payment scheme runs from 1 November 2019 to 31 March 2020 and you’ll get £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between these dates (Photo: Shutterstock)
You may be eligible for Cold Weather Payments if you’re getting:
Pension CreditIncome SupportIncome-based Jobseeker’s AllowanceIncome-related Employment and Support AllowanceUniversal CreditSupport for Mortgage Interest
Income Support and income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and have any of the following:
a disability or pensioner premiuma child who is disabledChild Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability elementa child under 5 living with you
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get income-related ESA and are in a work-related activity group or support group. If you’re not in either of these groups, you might also get Cold Weather Payments if you have any of the following:
a severe or enhanced disability premiuma pensioner premiuma child who is disabledChild Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability elementa child under 5 living with you
You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Universal Credit and you’re not employed or self-employed. One of the following must also apply:
you have a health condition or disability and have limited capability for work (with or without work-related activity)you have a child under 5 living with you
You’ll also be eligible if you have a disabled child amount in your claim, whether you’re employed or not.
For more information, visit: gov.uk/cold-weather-payment
This article was originally published on our sister site, The Scotsman.