What they are, who is eligible, and how to access the payment #
The UK is known for its chilly weather, especially during the winter months. With temperatures dropping below freezing point, it can be a challenge to keep homes warm and comfortable. Now, the UK is facing a cost of living crisis with more households than ever struggling to pay their bills. This can be the source of a lot of stress and anxiety, particularly as it gets colder. However, the government offers assistance in the form of Cold Weather Payments (CWP). This makes it easier for eligible households to pay their bills.
In this article, we’ll discuss what these payments are, how to check if you’re eligible, and how to claim them.
What are Cold Weather Payments? #
Cold Weather Payments are financial assistance offered by the UK government to eligible households during periods of very cold weather. The payment helps with the additional costs of heating homes during extreme cold spells. This payment is not the same as the Winter Fuel Payment, which is a yearly payment made to those born before a certain date to help with winter heating costs.
When are payments made? #
Cold Weather Payments are made when the temperature in a specific area drops below zero degrees Celsius for seven consecutive days. The payment is £25 for each seven-day period of very cold weather (Between November and March). The payments are made automatically to eligible households and do not need to be claimed.
Who is eligible? #
To be eligible for Cold Weather Payments, you must be in receipt of certain benefits. These include Pension Credit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit, and Support for Mortgage Interest. Additionally, you must also meet one of the following criteria:
- You have a child under five living with you
- You receive Disability Premium, Disabled Child Premium, or Severe Disability Premium
- You receive a qualifying component of Pension Credit
- You are on a low income and meet certain criteria
How to check if you’re eligible for Cold Weather Payments? #
If you’re not sure if you’re eligible, you can check with the government’s Cold Weather Payments Checker. This tool allows you to enter your postcode to see if your area has experienced very cold weather and if you’re eligible for a payment. You can also call the government’s helpline at 0800 731 0160 to check your eligibility.
How do I claim a payment? #
The government pays the CWP automatically to eligible households, so there’s no need to make a claim. However, if you think you should have received a payment but haven’t, you should contact your local Jobcentre Plus office.
In conclusion, Cold Weather Payments are a great way to help eligible households with the additional costs of heating their homes during very cold weather. If you think you might be eligible for the payment, be sure to check your eligibility using the government’s Cold Weather Payments Checker or by contacting the government’s helpline. Stay warm and comfortable during the chilly winter months with the help of Cold Weather Payments.