The Cold Weather Payment scheme is in place across the winter to provide those who are eligible with a payout for particularly cold weather. A Cold Weather Payment, then, will be especially welcome given the cold snap Britain is currently experiencing this winter. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will provide people with a £25 payout for each seven day period of cold weather in a certain area.
To receive a Cold Weather Payment, the average temperature in a person’s area must be either recorded at, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over seven consecutive days.
The Cold Weather Payment scheme runs between November 1 and March 31 to provide support to Britons with heating bills.
All people will need to do is enter the first half of their postcode into the DWP’s dedicated Cold Weather Payment postcode checker to find out if a payment has been triggered in their area.
However, the government has explained there may be a circumstance where someone’s Cold Weather Payment could be impacted.
These claimants should sign into their online account if they have one, and add a note about the matter to their journal.
Alternatively, if someone does not have an online account, they should ring the Universal Credit helpline instead.
The government has explained the contact details for this helpline can be found on accompanying correspondence a person receives about their Universal Credit payments.
After each period of very cold weather in a person’s area, they should receive their Cold Weather Payment within 14 working days.
People do not need to apply in order to receive a Cold Weather Payment from the DWP.
If they are eligible to receive the sum, then they will be paid this automatically.
The Cold Weather Payment scheme, however, is not the only support at hand for Britons this winter.
Those born on or before October 5, 1954 could get between £100 and £300 for heating bills in a payout known as a Winter Fuel Payment.
Alternatively, the Warm Home Discount Scheme could help some get £140 off their electricity bill.
To be eligible, usually one must be claiming Pension Credit, or be on a low income, but must act fast in order to receive a payment.
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