Cold weather payments could bring extra cash for many – here’s who is eligible

Cold weather payments could bring extra cash for many - here's who is eligible

Cold weather support payments may soon be introduced by the UK government as temperatures begin to fall.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has issued guidelines on who may be entitled to the extra cash as the weather gets colder.

Those who live in areas that are especially colder are entitled to the payments that offer additional support for those struggling, reports  The Express

Baroness Stedman-Scott, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the DWP, said: “Winter can be a difficult time for people, and our Cold Weather Payment will help you keep your home warm as temperatures drop.

“Payments are made automatically but if you think you might be eligible, you can check online to see if your area is due a payment and plan accordingly.”

Here are the details on who may be eligible for the extra money.

Who is eligible for the Cold Weather Payments?

For payments to be introduced, average temperature in affected area must be either recorded as, or forecast to be, 0C or colder for seven days in a row.

This will trigger the DWP’s Cold Weather Payments between November 2020 and March 2021 which includes £25 for every seven-day period where the weather is extremely cold.

You don’t have to suffer in silence if you’re struggling with your mental health. Here are some groups you can contact when you need help:

Samaritans: Phone 116 123, 24 hours a day, or email [email protected], in confidence

Childline: Phone 0800 1111. Calls are free and won’t show up on your bill

PAPYRUS: A voluntary organisation supporting suicidal teens and young adults. Phone 0800 068 4141

Depression Alliance: A charity for people with depression. No helpline but offers useful resources and links to other information on its website

Students Against Depression: A website for students who are depressed, have low mood, or are suicidal. Click here to visit

Bullying UK: A website for both children and adults affected by bullying. Click here

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): For young men who are feeling unhappy. Has a website here and a helpline: 0800 58 58 58

The people who are able to claim the Cold Weather Payments are those who are receiving particular benefits or support including:

  • Universal Credit
  • Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support for Mortgage Interest

Universal Credit claimants must also have a child under the age of five to benefit or either have a health condition or disability which limits their capacity for work.

Similarly, those who receive income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income support and also have a disability or pensioner premium, a child under the age of five, a child who is disabled or a Child Tax Credit including a disability element then they will usually get the payments.

And those who are on Pension Credit, ESA and Support for Mortgage Interest will traditionally be offered the additional money if they live in an area that falls under the entitlement.

But if you are unsure whether you are eligible then you can use the UK Government’s online checker here.

The Cold Weather Payments start from Sunday, November 1, and do not impact any other benefits.

Therefore you can claim this additional support without worrying that it will impact any other benefits.

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