Universal Credit is a living support payment for low income households, or those who are not in employment. The payment is issued monthly to eligible Britons, and can help individuals to budget and juggle their finances. However, with the costs of keeping warm rising as temperatures drop this winter, the government is providing additional support to households.
Cold Weather Payments, intended to support those in sub zero temperatures in the UK, have been triggered in certain areas, meaning payments are on the horizon for some.
Some Universal Credit claimants are entitled to receive the sum from the government, as are those in receipt of other benefits such as Pension Credit.
Cold Weather Payments are issued if the average temperature in an area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over seven consecutive days.
People can expect to receive £25 for each seven day period of this type of weather between November 1 and March 31.
Britons can simply enter their postcode and find out if a payment has been triggered in their area.
However, there are some areas where postcodes are already affected, and this is measured by local weather stations.
Weather stations such as Tulloch Bridge, Aviemore, Braemar and Shap have already been affected and those living in particular postcodes may already be entitled to the payment.
Baroness Stedman Scott, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the DWP, commented on the issue.
She provided further insight into the payments available to Britons during the particularly cold weather.
She said: “Keeping warm throughout the winter is hugely important to staying healthy, which is why we pay to help heat homes when there’s a sustained cold snap.
“As well as Cold Weather Payments, we also run the Warm Home Discount Scheme and Winter Fuel Payments, so we have a number of schemes in place to help.”
The Warm Home Discount scheme offers £140 off energy bills to those on Pension Credit, and certain individuals on a low income.
The Winter Fuel Payment is available to individuals born on or before October 5, 1954.
Dependent on a person’s circumstances, they may be able to receive anywhere between £100 to £300.
Some of these payments will be issued automatically, whereas Britons will have to apply for others.
Therefore, to find out more information, Britons are encouraged to search details of eligibility on the government website.
The full list of triggered postcodes so far this winter are:
Weather station and triggered postcodes
PA33, PA36, PA40,
PH8-9, PH15-17, PH30-35, PH37, PH49-50.
IV4, IV6, IV7, IV14- IV16, IV23-24, IV63.
DG3-4, DG10-11, DG13-14,