A drop in temperature will have been felt by many recently, as winter gets well and truly underway. In a number of corners of the UK, residents have already seen very cold weather, with some people in certain postcodes being able to receive the Cold Weather Payment.
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This winter, the scheme runs from November 1 2019 to March 31 2020.
The payment may be available if a person is getting certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest.
A payment can be made if the average temperature in the eligible person’s area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below for seven consecutive days.
The Cold Weather Payment is £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather during the time in which the scheme runs.
The Cold Weather Payment has been triggered so far during this year’s scheme, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed.
So far this season, only Scotland has seen weather which is cold enough to trigger Cold Weather Payments.
The weather stations reporting cold weather for a period of seven days include Tulloch Bridge, Braemar, Aviemore and Loch Glascarnoch.
After each period of very cold weather in the area, the eligible person should get the payment within 14 working days.
The postcodes affected so far this winter are:
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How to check if a Cold Weather Payment is due
It’s possible to check if a person can get a payment in their area online.
This can be done by visiting the Cold Weather Payment section of the government website.
A person then needs to enter the first part of their postcode into the tool.
Who is eligible for the Cold Weather Payment?
It may be that a person can get the payments if they are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit – if the claimant is not employed or self-employed
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Pension Credit
- Support for Mortgage Interest
Additionally, they must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Be in receipt of a disability or pension premium
- Have a child under five living with you
- Be in receipt of Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
- Have a health condition or disability and have limited capability for work
- Be in the work-related activity group or support group
- Have a severe or enhanced disability premium
- Have a disabled child in the household – if a person is receiving Universal Credit they will receive a CWP where this applies, whether the claimant is working or not.