Temperatures have now started to drop across the UK, with -2C conditions on Christmas Eve and potential snow in the southeast tomorrow (December 28). The weather may make many people feel further isolated and requiring increased assistance as new Covid-19 strains rip through the country. Thankfully, there are a few options open to financially sustain vulnerable people, many of whom may need benefits.
Are you due a cold weather payment?
The Government brought in cold weather payments to help people cope with harsh climates in the autumn and winter months.
The policy gifts people £25 every seven days temperature are forecast to plummet to 0C or below.
People can claim between November 1 and March 31, but first, they must qualify.
The same requirements apply to those claiming ESA, but with severe or enhanced disability premium and Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element.
For Universal Credit, one of the following two qualities must apply to claimants:
- They have a health condition or disability and have limited capability for work (with or without work-related activity)
- They have a child under five living with them