11,000 Britons are eligible for Cold Weather Payments, but they must take action to receive payment.

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11,000 Britons are eligible for Cold Weather Payments, but they must take action to receive payment.

A COLD WEATHER PAYMENT is money set aside to assist with fuel costs during particularly cold weather.

The social protection scheme was established in 1988 to provide financial assistance to vulnerable people in the United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland).

To determine which postcodes are eligible for payment, weather stations’ forecast and observed temperatures are used.

Households can thus receive Cold Weather Payments in advance of the cold weather, ensuring that they will have enough money to pay for additional heating.

Payments are made if the average temperature in a given area is zero degrees Celsius or below for seven days in a row.

Because of the year-to-year variations in weather, some seasons may pay out more than others.

From November 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, the Cold Weather Payment scheme will be in effect.

For each seven-day period of bitterly cold weather, those who qualify will receive £25 in compensation.

This winter, around 11,000 eligible claimants have received approximately 13,000 payments.

There is no need for people to apply.

If they qualify, they will be paid automatically.

However, unless they take action, some may not receive the payment.

If you are claiming Pension Credit and do not live in a care home, you may be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment.

A Cold Weather Payment is also available to those who have recently had a baby or currently have a child under the age of five living with them.

They must, however, report this to the Pension Centre or Jobcentre Plus.

People who receive Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Support for Mortgage Interest, or Universal Credit may be eligible for it.

Other benefits are unaffected by the Cold Weather Payment.

A person will receive a payment within fourteen working days after each period of extremely cold weather in their area.

It’s deposited into the same bank or building society account as the benefit payments.

Add your postcode or go to InYourArea.com to see what’s going on in your neighborhood.

When you are admitted to the hospital, you must notify the Pension Service or Jobcentre Plus, as this may affect your payment.

If a person disagrees with a decision about whether they are eligible for a Cold Weather Payment, they can usually request mandatory reconsideration.

If they continue to disagree, the next step will be taken.

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