When temperatures start to dip, the Department for Work and Pensions has a weekly payment it starts to give out automatically to people on benefits living in the coldest areas
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The country is going through a cold snap with temperatures dropping to as low as -10c in some areas – but you may be able to get cash to help pay your heating bills.
The freezing weather could mean you qualify for a £25 Cold Weather Payment , provided you also get certain benefits.
The scheme is run by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) and applies every winter.
It kicks in when the temperature in your area falls to 0c or less for seven consecutive days or more.
If you’re eligible, the money will be paid into the account registered for your benefit payments.
What is a Cold Weather Payment?
These are one-off payments made by the government during times of freezing weather of £25 every week.
The payments are made every time seven days passes with temperatures at 0c or below.
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The money goes to people on low incomes who receive a qualifying benefit, such as pension credit or certain employment benefits.
Payments are triggered by data collected by the Met Office from 94 weather stations around Britain.
The scheme runs each year from November 1 to March 31 every year.
Who qualifies for Cold Weather Payments?
You must currently get one of the following benefits:
How do I get a Cold Weather Payment?
Good news – you don’t have to do anything.
Provided your local temperatures are cold enough, the money should arrive in the bank account you already have registered with the DWP within a fortnight.
Contact the pension centre or your local Jobcentre Plus office if you think you should have received a Cold Weather Payment but didn’t.
The Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 9344 can also be used.
Nearly half the nation’s households would rather endure the cold this winter than burn money on heating, The Mirror reported earlier .
Four in ten admitted they cannot afford to spend a penny more for their gas and electricity, with 46 per cent admitting to keeping their heating off “for as long as possible” to cut bills and reduce their power usage.
Research also revealed almost 70 per cent of UK adults choose layering up with a jumper to avoid turning on the heating.
The study on bill costs, commissioned by Equity Release Supermarket, also showed 25 per cent of Brits changed their energy provider in the last six months after shopping around suppliers.
Nearly half the nation’s households would rather endure the cold this winter than burn money on heating.
Millions of other households strive to reduce their energy use by switching off gadgets, including the TV and games consoles, according to a poll of 2,000 people from across the nation.
Others take shorter showers, install draught excluders, ban baths – and even reduce toilet flushing in their fight to conserve resources.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.