This is to ensure that a person gets paid automatically.
A person qualifies for a Cold Weather Payment if they are claiming Pension Credit.
This only applies if they do not live in a care home.
Those who have had a baby or currently have a child under five living with them can receive a Cold Weather Payment.
People may be eligible if they are claiming Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment, Support Allowance and Universal Credit.
Anyone receiving Support for Mortgage Interest may also be eligible.
However, they must inform the Pension Centre or Jobcentre Plus of the aforementioned circumstances.
People do not need to apply.
If they are eligible, they’ll be paid automatically.
The Cold Weather Payment scheme runs from November 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.
It’s also important to inform the Pension Service or Jobcentre Plus upon being admitted into a hospital as this could affect 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 can thus receive Cold Weather Payments ahead of 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.
After each period of very cold weather in an area, a person will receive a payment within 14 working days.
It’s paid into the same bank or building society account where the respective benefit payments are made.
If a person objects to a decision made about whether they qualify for a Cold Weather Payment, they can usually enter a formal process known as mandatory reconsideration.
If they still disagree with the further decision, it is possible to appeal this via an independent tribunal.
There has been an estimated 13,000 payments so far to around 11,000 eligible claimants this winter.
The social protection scheme was set up in 1988 in order to support vulnerable individuals in the UK (excluding Northern Island) with financial support.
Both forecast and observed temperatures from weather stations are used to determine which postcodes are eligible for payment.