When Does The Cold Weather Payment System Kick In

These freezing temperatures across the Borough could lead to people receiving Cold Weather Payments.

The Government system of paying out £25 might be triggered by the continued presence of freezing temperatures, in this case triggered by the Beast from the East weather system.

Experts are forecasting that it is to remain freezing across the county, with Met Office weather warnings currently in place.

If the cold snap continues, the Cold Weather Payment system will kick-in and you could receive the pay out.

When can it be claimed?

According to the Government, residents claiming certain types of benefits would be entitled to get a payment if the average temperature in their area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below for seven consecutive days.

They must be in receipt of pension credit, income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, income-related employment and support allowance or universal credit.

Staying at zero degrees Celsius, or below, consecutively for 7 days triggers the Cold Weather Payment.

As a rule, the government pays £25 for each 7 day period of extreme cold weather. This year’s scheme runs between the 1st of November 2017 and the 31st of March 2018.

Benefit payments should arrive within 14 days of each severe cold weather period in your area. Like most benefit entitlements, funds go straight into your bank or building society account. Generally, payments from this scheme do not affect your other benefits.

Anyone who believes they should have received a payment but hasn’t is advised to alert their pension centre or Jobcentre Plus.

The universal credit helpline can also be used. 0800 328 9344.

Check if a Cold Weather payment is due in your area coldweatherpayments.dwp.gov.uk

Winter Fuel Payments

The cold weather payments are different to Winter Fuel Payments. Anyone born on or before August 5, 1953 could get between £100 and £300 to help pay heating bills.

Residents would usually get a payment automatically if they’re eligible and in receipt of the state pension or another social security benefit, excluding housing benefit, council tax reduction, child benefit or universal credit.

Residents have until March 31 to claim for winter 2017 to 2018.

More info on Winter Fuel Payments

Warm Home Discount Scheme

Also read about the Warm Home Discount Scheme


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