This winter, Britons could be entitled to five different methods of securing free cash in a welcome boost to one’s pocket. However, it will be important to check eligibility rules surrounding these payments to avoid being disappointed. The first form of support available is a Cold Weather Payment – designed to help during this time of year.
Eligible individuals can get a payment if the average temperature in their area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over seven consecutive days.
People will get £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather between November 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022.
After each period, they should receive a payment within 14 working days into their bank or building society account.
A person may receive this support if they get one of the following benefits, as well as meeting the Government’s additional criteria:
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Support for Mortgage Interest
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It is worth noting, however, that those born on or before September 26, 1941 – the older cohort of eligible individuals – are likely to receive more.
Any money a person gets is tax-free and does not impact any other benefits or payments they receive.
The Warm Home Discount scheme is the third form of support Britons could be eligible for this winter.
Those who could get the payment are individuals either in receipt of the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit, or individuals on a low income.
The Government has established the new £500million support fund in aims to help families who are struggling to buy household essentials.
Britons will be able to make an application for this through their local councils, who will hand out the cash to those who are eligible.
The Government website will offer further details of the fund, as well as help a person to find their local council so a claim can be actioned.
Finally, the fifth measure available this winter is Working from Home tax relief – which many people are still yet to claim.
The sum is intended to assist with additional costs for working from home, such as higher energy bills and the cost of WiFi.
Individuals could claim up to £125 per year simply for working from home – even if they only did so for one day.
The claim for last year is paid as one lump sum into a person’s salary, whereas this year, claims are added to a person’s monthly wage.