Periods of cold weather can no doubt have an impact on a person’s outgoings. In a bid to help some people during these times, the Cold Weather Payment scheme is running from November 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.
Eligible people can get the payment if the average temperature in their area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below for seven days in a row.
For each seven day period of very cold weather between November 1 and March 31, those eligible in the triggered area will get £25.
The payment should be made within 14 working days after each period of very cold weather.
It will not affect other benefits, the government website confirms.
The payment is made into the same bank or building society account as a person’s benefit payments.
It does not need to be applied for, as those who are eligible should be paid automatically.
However, if a person has a baby or a child under the age of five comes to live with them, and they get Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance, then they are instructed to tell Jobcentre Plus.
If they do not, gov.uk states they will not automatically get Cold Weather Payments.
Who is eligible for the Cold Weather Payment?
To be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment, a person must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit – if they are not employed or self-employed
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Pension Credit
- Support for Mortgage Interest
Some people may want to check to see if they can get the Cold Weather Payment.
It’s possible to see if one’s due in certain areas by entering the relevant postcode into the government website’s postcode checker tools.
To find out, users must enter the first part of their postcode.
It will then detail the number of Cold Weather Payments due in the are from November 1, 2019 to the current date.