Spell freeze triggers cold weather payments – Forbes advisor uk


With the UK struggling with freezing temperatures, the government’s cold weather payment program is making payments to eligible beneficiaries.

Payments are triggered when average temperatures of 0 ° C persist for seven consecutive days. Some 700,000 households across the UK have already received payments this winter.

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What is a cold weather payment?

Cold weather payments are a government-funded supplement to help beneficiaries pay for fuel costs which can increase dramatically during periods of extreme cold.

The program runs from November 1 to March 31 each year, with each seven-day period of freezing average temperatures triggering automatic payments of £ 25 to people who meet the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility criteria

You may be eligible for a cold weather payment if you receive some advantages such as:

  • Pension credit
  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Employment allowance and income support
  • Universal Credit
  • Assumption of mortgage interest.

Your nearest weather station should forecast or record the temperature at 0 ° C or below for seven consecutive days.

Beneficiaries will generally receive their payments into the same account their benefits are paid into, within 14 days of extreme weather conditions.

To find out if a cold weather payment is due in your area, use the postcode tool.

You may also be eligible for other forms of support to help you with your fuel costs, as explained in our guides to Hot House Discount and the Winter fuel payment.

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