Cold weather payments in the UK
Cold weather payments in the UK
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What is A Cold Weather Payment

Cold weather payments are made to vulnerable people, including pensioners, in England and Wales to help them pay for heating when the temperature dips below freezing.

Q&A about A Cold Weather Payment

How much can you get?

People get £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather between November 1 and March 31.

How can you get one?

Those eligible do not need to apply, it will be paid automatically.

When do you get paid?

The bank top-up will be in eligible people’s bank account within 14 days of the trigger.

Does this affect my benefits?

Cold weather payments do not affect other benefits.

What if I am in hospital?

Those in hospital should tell the Pension Service or Jobcentre Plus as this could affect their payment.

What if I live in Scotland?

Scots can not get the payment.

In Scotland, people on benefits or low incomes may qualify for an annual £50 winter heating payment, though this is made irrespective of cold temperatures.

How do I challenge a cold weather payment decision?

According to charity Turn2us , the DWP’s decision on a person’s payment claim can be challenged.

If the decision remains they can appeal to an independent tribunal.

It says the time limits are strict, with a one month window to dispute a decision

What other payments can I get?

If a person was born before September 26 1956 and are eligible they could get between £250 and £600 to help pay their heating bills.

There is also the Warm Home Discount Scheme, in which a person gets £150 off their electricity bill for winter 2022 to 2023.

What has the DWP said?

A spokesman said: “These additional payments provide support every year to help people experiencing the coldest weather.

“Cold weather payments can be triggered right through to the end of March, giving people facing disproportionately cold weather that extra reassurance over the chillier months.”

Who is Eligible to Get £25 Cold Weather Payments

Some of the lowest income households are going to get a £25 cold weather payment due to the Arctic blast causing freezing conditions in parts of England and Wales.

The payments from the Government have been triggered for eligible homes in areas where the average temperature has been recorded as, or is forecast to be, 0C or below for seven consecutive days.

It said cold weather payments have been triggered in areas across the North West, including in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, in parts of the South West, such as near Exeter, and in Nottingham in the East Midlands, among others.

Parts of Powys in east-central Wales, Oxfordshire and Herefordshire, also have affected postcodes.

The cold weather payments are only paid in England and Wales.

In Scotland, people on benefits or low incomes may qualify for an annual £50 winter heating payment, though this is made irrespective of cold temperatures.

How to Check if You're Due a Cold Weather Payment

You can check if you are due a payment in your area by looking up your postcode.

If you've not received a Cold Weather Payment and you think you're eligible, contact the Pension Service (www.gov.uk/contact-pension-service) or Jobcentre Plus (www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus).

People can visit https://coldweatherpayments.dwp.gov.uk/ online to check.

How Does It Work?

The £25 payments are triggered and paid each time temperatures fall below zero degrees and beyond for seven consecutive days. They are automatically paid to people on low incomes and who already receive certain benefits.

You could get a Cold Weather Payment if the temperature drops and you're receiving:

• Pension Credit

• Income Support (if you have any of the following: a disability or pensioner premium, a child who is disabled, Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element or a child under five living with you)

• Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (if you have any of the following: a disability or pensioner premium, a child who is disabled, Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element or a child under five living with you)

• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (if you have any of the following: a severe or enhanced disability premium, a pensioner premium, a child who is disabled, Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element or a child under five living with you)

• Universal Credit (if you are not employed or self-employed, and you have a health condition or disability and have limited capability for work, or you have a child under five living with you)

• Support for Mortgage Interest (if you have any of the following: a severe or enhanced disability premium, a pensioner premium, a child who is disabled, Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element or a child under five living with you)

If you claim Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, you will need to contact Jobcentre Plus to get a Cold Weather Payment if:

• You've had a baby

• A child under five has come to live with you

UK Weather Warnings

Cold Weather Payments are worth £25 and are handed out to eligible households when the temperature falls to zero degrees or below for seven consecutive days in an area.

£25 Cold Weather Payments: Who is Eligible and How to Get
UK Weather Forecast

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a Level 3 cold weather alert covering England until Monday.

The icy conditions in coastal England and parts of Northern Ireland and Wales are expected to continue into Saturday, it has warned.