More than 13,000 households have already received a Cold Weather Payment of £25 with some residents in Aberdeenshire, Scotland qualifying for three payments totalling £75. With more freezing temperatures and snow on their way, more areas could be triggered soon.
As households struggle to make ends meet due to the cost of living crisis and rising energy bills, some people may be relieved to learn that they are due a Cold Weather Payment from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
These additional payments are made by the DWP between November 1 and March 31 to help people pay for energy bills that have skyrocketed over the last 12 months.
Payments are made automatically but Britons can check the Cold Weather Payment postcode checker to see if there is one on the way.
To qualify, the area that one lives in must experience either freezing temperatures for seven consecutive days, or be predicted to drop to zero for the same time.
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So far this winter, there have been over 3,994,000 eligible Cold Weather Payment claimants get payments across the country in:
Aboyne – 7,000 estimated eligible recipients
Aviemore – 1,000 estimated eligible recipients
Loch Glascarnoch – 2,000 estimated eligible recipients
Braemar – 1,000 estimated eligible recipients
Cold Weather Payments will be made every time the temperature drops with the scheme open until March 31.
Meanwhile, charities are urging people to check they are receiving all the financial help they are entitled to.
More than £15billion is lost in unclaimed benefits every year.
There’s a handy benefits calculator on the Government website where people can see what help they could be entitled to.