There are various benefits which people can claim during the winter months to help ease the cost of heating their home. The Cold Weather Payment is one such benefit Britons may be entitled to.
Claimants will receive a payment if the average temperature in their area is recorded as zero degrees celsius or lower for seven straight days.
Payments will also be given if the temperature is forecast to be at zero or below for seven consecutive days.
One of the benefits of the Cold Weather Payment is that it is not a one time payment.
A payment of £25 is made for every seven day period of cold weather between November 1 and March 31.
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Recipients of the following benefits may be able to claim a Cold Weather Payment:
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Support for Mortgage Interest
To find out, someone simply needs to enter the first part of their postcode.
They will then be told if a payment is due in their area.
People who are eligible for a Cold Weather Payment should inform the Pension Service or Jobcentre Plus if they go into hospital as this could affect their payment.
Those who qualify through Universal Credit can add a note to their online journal, or call the Universal Credit helpline.