Cold Weather Payments could be triggered as snow expected – are you eligible for £25?


Weather experts warn that temperatures in the worst affected regions could drop as low as -3 degrees Celsius. Some areas of Britain could be blanketed in up to 17 inches of snow.

The Met Office has forecasted that Dalwhinnie, in the north of Scotland, will see the coldest temperatures.

Overall, Scotland is facing the greatest chance of snowfall.

What this means is that many may be due a £25 a week Cold Weather Payment from the Government.

Both forecast and observed temperatures from weather stations are used to determine which postcodes are eligible for payment.

Payments are made if the average temperature in an area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below over seven consecutive days.

Households may get Cold Weather Payments amid the freezing weather and be reassured that they have the additional money to afford extra heating.

Those eligible get £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather.

It’s possible to check if a payment is due in an area via the DWP’s Cold Weather Payment postcode checker.


The Cold Weather Payment scheme runs from November 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

A Cold Weather Payment is money to help with fuel costs during periods of especially heightened cold weather.

After each period of very cold weather in an area, a person will receive a payment within fourteen working days.

It’s paid into the same bank or building society account where the respective benefit payments are made.

The social protection scheme was set up in 1988 in order to support vulnerable individuals in the UK (excluding Northern Island) with financial support.

Year-to-year weather variability, as outlined by the upcoming blizzard, means that some seasons could potentially have larger pay-outs than others.

There has been an estimated 13,000 payments so far to around 11,000 eligible claimants this winter.

People do not need to apply. If they are eligible, they’ll be paid it automatically.

A person qualifies for a Cold Weather Payment if they are claiming Pension Credit and do not live in a care home.

Those who have had a baby or currently have a child under five living with them, are also eligible for a Cold Weather Payment.

However, they must inform the Pension Centre or Jobcentre Plus of this.

There are other ways to qualify, for example Universal Credit recipients who have had a baby or currently have a child under five living with them are eligible for a Cold Weather Payment.

However, they must inform the Jobcentre Plus of this.

Cold Weather Payments do not affect other benefits.


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