UNIVERSAL CREDIT claimants and recipients of a number of other benefits may be able to receive the Cold Weather Payment during periods of very cold weather. How can one check if a payment is due in their area?
Temperatures are dropping and the nights are drawing in, meaning many people will be looking to wrap up indoors. There can be additional costs when it comes to keeping warm in the wintertime, which is why, during periods of very cold weather, some people – such as recipients of Pension Credit and Universal Credit – may be paid the Cold Weather Payment.
In order to get this payment, a person must meet the eligibility rules for certain benefits.
The average temperature in their area just also be recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below for seven days in a row.
The payment is £25 for each of the seven day periods, and the payment should be made within 14 working days after the cold weather.
It is paid into the same bank or building society account as the recipient’s benefit payments.
This is during the period in which the Cold Weather Payment scheme runs – which is November 1 to March 31.
If a person is eligible for the Cold Weather Payment, then they will be paid it automatically, the gov.uk website states.
How to check if Cold Weather Payment is due
It’s possible to check if a payment is due in a certain area online, using the “Check if a payment is due in your area” tool on the government website.
A person would need to enter the first part of their postcode, in order to find out.
The tool will then state whether any Cold Weather Payments are due in the area in a recent time frame.
Who is eligible for Cold Weather Payments?
It may be that a person can get the payment if they’re receiving:
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit – if they’re not employed or self-employed
- Support for Mortgage Interest
Additionally, the recipient must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Be in receipt of a disability or pension premium
- Have a child under five living with them
- Be in receipt of Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
- Have a health condition or disability and have limited capability for work
- Be in the work-related activity group or support group
- Have a severe or enhanced disability premium
- Have a disabled child in the household – if they are receiving Universal Credit they will receive a Cold Weather Payment where this applies, whether they are working or not.
If a person goes into hospital then gov.uk instructs them to tell their pension centre or Jobcentre Plus office, as this could affect their payment.
Universal Credit recipients are told to sign into their account and add a note to their journal, or if they do not have an online account, to ring the Universal Credit helpline.
The Cold Weather Payment differs to Winter Fuel Payments, which are payment which may be paid to eligible people in order to help them to pay their heating bills.