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Cold Weather Payments triggered by low temperatures

If you’re getting certain benefits (see below), you may be able to get a Cold Weather Payment.

You don’t need to apply. If you’re eligible to get a Cold Weather Payment, you’ll be paid it automatically if a) you receive one of the benefits mentioned below, and b) the temperature is very cold for a period of 7 days in your area.

‘Very Cold’ means that your local temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.

To check whether your area qualifies for a Cold Weather Payment click here

Payments of £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March are made to those that qualify.

To check whether your area qualifies for a Cold Weather Payment click here

The Government website says

How to claim

You don’t need to apply. If you’re eligible to get a Cold Weather Payment, you’ll be paid it automatically.

You may be able to get Cold Weather Payments if you’re getting:

Pension Credit
Income Support
income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Pension Credit

If you’re getting Pension Credit , you’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments.
Income Support and income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

If you’re getting Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, you’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you also have any of following:

a disability or pensioner premium
a child who is disabled
Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
a child under 5 living with you

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

If you’re getting income-related ESA, you’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you also have any of the following:

the support or work-related component of ESA
a severe or enhanced disability premium
a pensioner premium
a child who is disabled
Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
a child under 5 living with you

Cold weather payments being missed by pensioners

Up to 1.6 million pensioners are failing to claim benefits they are entitled to – including financial help during the cold snap.

Nearly £3bn of Pension Credit – an income-related benefit for pensioners – is unclaimed each year, according to the Department for Work and Pensions.

Those who receive it are automatically entitled to a Cold Weather Payment of £25 in freezing weather.

These payments have been triggered in two-thirds of the country.

These payments have been triggered in two-thirds of the country.

The benefit, to help pay heating bills during a cold snap, is paid when the weather is – or is forecast to be – at or below freezing for seven consecutive days.

Some 3.7 million people have benefited this winter, with many areas having the payment triggered in recent days.

“During this cold snap it is even more important that people claim,” said Pensions Minister Steve Webb.

Pension Credit tops up an income to £137.35 a week for a single person, and to £209.79 for a couple.
Read more on BBC News website

Information on Cold Weather Payments | Find out if your area is due to receive Cold Weather Payment

Winter Fuel Payments continue from age 60, whilst Cold Weather Payments are being phased back

It seems odd to us that entitlement to ‘cold weather payments’ are being phased back to age 65 whilst Winter Fuel Payments will continue to be payable to those aged 60.

This means for instance that a man aged 60 who won’t qualify for a state pension until he is 65, will be eligible for a Winter Fuel Payment right away.

More information on Winter Fuel Payments from direct.gov.uk

We suppose there is a logic there somewhere?