Heating bills usually grow in the winter, which can be a burden for poorer people in society.
To try to combat this, the Department of Labor and Pensions (DVP) has set a cold weather payment, which gives people extra money when temperatures drop below zero.
Here’s how to find out if you’re eligible and how payment works.
What is the fee for cold weather?
Payment in cold weather is a DVP scheme that lasts from November 1 to March 31 every year.
The £ 25 payment is sent to eligible people for every seven days where the temperature is below zero.
It is designed to be used for heating bills and similar supplies.
Do I qualify for payment in cold weather?
If you are currently receiving any of the following, you may be eligible for cold weather payments:
- Pension loan
- Arrival support
- Allowance for job seekers based on income
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Universal credit
- Mortgage Interest Rate (SMI) Support
Those who receive income-based cash benefits or allowances can receive a cold weather payment if they have a disability or pension premium, a child with a disability, a tax credit for a child that includes an element of disability, or a child under the age of five living with them.
People eligible for the ESA can will also receive benefits if they are part of an activity group or work support group, receive a severe or increased disability premium, a pensioner premium, a tax credit for a child that includes an element of disability, or have a child under the age of five years living with them.
Universal credit claimants may also receive benefits as long as they are not employed or self-employed, and one of the following applies; have a medical condition or disability and have limited working capacity, and / or have a child under the age of five living with them.
They will also be entitled if they have a child with a disability, whether they are employed or not.
How can I claim that?
If you are eligible for payment, you should receive it automatically.
If a change in your circumstances means that you believe you should now be eligible, for example if you have a baby or a child under the age of five coming to live with you, you should contact Jobcentre Plus.
Tell your pension center or Jobcentre Plus office if you think you should have been paid in cold weather, but you didn’t. If you have universal credit, contact the helpline at 0800 328 9344 instead.
To find out if your area is cold enough to pay for, post your zip code on the DVP website here.
After each period of very cold weather in your area, you should receive a payment within 14 business days. It is paid into the same bank or account of the construction company as your fees.