Cold Weather Payment update: Which postcodes are now due £25 to help cover heating bills?

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Cold Weather Payments provide households with additional financial help from the DWP to help cover heating costs during extremely cold weather. The DWP has released their latest update on triggers covering the last three weeks of January and the first week of February.

No weather stations reported new triggers in the latest report, with the last trigger having been in early January. 

A Cold Weather Payment is triggered in areas that experience seven consecutive days of temperatures that are recorded or forecast to be below zero degrees celsius. 

Britons should expect to receive the payment in the same bank account or building society account where they receive their regular benefit payments. 

The payment is generally automatic and should reach claimants within 14 working days of the trigger. 

However, certain individuals will need to manually claim the payment by alerting DWP to the circumstances that make them eligible for the payments. 

Households receiving Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income-related Employment and Support Allowance and have had a baby or child under the age of five come to live with them will need to contact Jobcentre Plus to receive the payment.

A single £25 payment is made for each period that qualifies, meaning that some areas can receive far more than this if they experience more than seven days of cold weather. 

One postcode has already received three triggers this winter, awarding eligible residents £75 in total. 

Between November 1, 2021 and February 4, 2022, at least one payment has been given to 22 areas that were triggered with an estimated 13,000 Cold Weather Payments already paid. 

To be eligible for these payments, at least one person staying in a household must receive one of the qualifying benefits:

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

Universal Credit claimants are eligible for the payments if they are not employed, living with a health condition or disability that limits their work capability or have a child under the age of five living with them. 

UC claimants with an online account are advised to sign into their account and add a note to their journal if they believe they are eligible but have not received payment.

Anyone without an online account is advised to call the Universal Credit helpline whose number can be found on letters about their Universal Credit.

Those claiming income-related Employment and Support Allowance must also be in a work-related activity group or support group.

Britons who believe they are eligible can use the online postcode checker provided by Gov.uk to see if their area has experienced cold enough temperatures for a trigger. 

Those who have experienced the necessary cold weather and meet the eligibility criteria but have not received a payment can consult the Jobcentre or Pension Service from which they receive their benefit payments. 

Those who are eligible for Cold Weather Payments but are staying in hospital during winter must inform the Pension Service or Jobcentre Plus as it could affect their payments.

The scheme runs from November 1 to March 31 so postcodes that have not yet received a trigger could still qualify for the payment by the end of winter. 

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