A Cold Weather Payment is issued if the average temperature in an area is record as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over seven consecutive days. There is an online tool so people can easily check if they are due a payment.
The checker will then provide details on when the payment was triggered, alongside the weather station which recorded the temperature in the area.
Britons will be able to check multiple postcodes should they so need to help family and friends who are also eligible.
With winter on the way, many families will be worried about how they are going to survive financially against a backdrop of soaring heating costs and the cost of living.
Now, more than ever, it’s important that anyone on a low income or struggling to manage financially double checks that they are receiving all the Government support they are entitled to – it could be hundreds or thousands of pounds.
People can get a Cold Weather Payment if they are in receipt of certain benefits.
The eligible benefits outlined by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are:
• Pension Credit
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Universal Credit
• Support for Mortgage Interest
People should check the Government website for more details about the certain rules that apply for each benefit.
The Cold Weather Payment scheme runs from November 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022 this year.
Moreover, after each period of very cold weather in someone’s area they should get a payment within 14 working days.
It is paid into the same bank or building society account as normal benefit payments.
The DWP explained that between November and March last year, almost £100million was paid out in total to eligible individuals and families.
The sum could be even more important as Britain finds itself in the midst of an energy crisis, with rising prices.
Poverty charity Turn2Us states there were at least £15billion of unclaimed benefits last year, based on Government figures.
It’s estimated that one million Britons are missing out on an average of £2,900 each through the Universal Credit system.
Other Government help which often goes unclaimed include Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support and Child Benefit.
Not only is this often worth hundreds or thousands of pounds but can also open the door to additional free benefits like NHS prescriptions and a free TV licence for people over 75.