In the year of coronavirus, many need a cash injection as thousands move onto benefits as the jobs market narrows and the winter sets in. Cold Weather Payments are given to those on certain benefits who would otherwise struggle to keep on top of household bills.
As energy bills traditionally soar in the winter, the average temperature in your area must also be recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below for seven consecutive days.
When this happens, claimants receive £25 for each seven-day period of very cold weather between November 1 and March 31.
The payment is tax-free and is not means-tested – meaning you will not have to prove anything about your finances to get the payment.
As well as UC, Cold Weather Payments are available to those who receive the following support:
• Pension Credit
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
• Support for Mortgage Interest
If you do not have an online account, you can ring the Universal Credit helpline instead.
You will find the appropriate helpline on letters about your Universal Credit.
Any money you get will not affect your other benefits.
The Government has stated £27million in total was paid out in the 2018/19 year to help those with extra heating costs.