Cold weather payments will award eligible recipients with £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather between November 1 and March 31. Where the payments are triggered, claimants should receive the money within 14 working days.
Where a claimant is eligible, they should receive the payments automatically and as such, thousands of people should receive extra income in the coming weeks.
Yesterday, the list of postcodes in the UK where cold weather payments were triggered was updated, with the following postcodes seeing very cold weather in 2020 to 2021 thus far:
- AB30-34, AB38, AB51-55,
- IV40-49, IV51-56,
- PH36, PH38-41.
- BB4, BB8-12, BB18,
- HD3, HD7-9,
- LS21, LS29,
- EH1-42, EH47-49, EH51-55,
- FK1-7, FK9-10,
- KY3, KY11-12.
- DE4, DE45,
- SK13, SK17, SK22-23,
- ST9-10, ST13.
- OX7, OX15-17,
- IV4, IV6, IV7, IV14- IV16, IV23-24, IV63.
- CW4, CW6-11,
- M1-9, M11-23, M25, M27-35, M38, M40-41, M43-46, M50, M90,
- SK1-12, SK14, SK16,
- BB1-3, BB5-7,
- LA2, LA6-7,
- PA33, PA36, PA40,
- PH8-9, PH15-17, PH30-35, PH37, PH49-50.
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Eligible claimants should keep an eye on their bank accounts in the coming days but if cold weather payments do not come through, they will need to take certain actions.
Claimants will need to tell either their pension centre or Jobcentre Plus office if they think they should have received a cold weather payment but have not.
For Universal Credit claimants, they’ll need to sign into their online account and add a note to their journal.
If they do not have an online account, they’ll need to ring the Universal Credit helpline instead.
Additionally, where a person goes into hospital they will need to update their pension centre or Jobcentre Plus office as soon as possible as this could affect their payments.
This is especially important to note at the moment given the prevalence of coronavirus.
While the DWP regularly issues updates on when new postcodes have been triggered, they also provide a tool which will allow people to check on their area at any time.
This free-to-use tool can be found on DWP’s website and all that’s needed to find out if a payment is due in a local area is a postcode.
It should be noted that cold weather payments are separate from winter fuel payments, with the two having no impact on each other.
Winter fuel payments are awarded to those who were born on or before October 1954, with the payments being worth between £100 and £300.
These payments are designed to help with heating bills and will be awarded automatically to eligible recipients of state pensions or certain social security benefits.
So long as a person is eligible for winter fuel payments, they should be paid by January 31 2021.