Cold Weather Payment explained: Could you get £25 amid snowy spells this week? | Personal Finance | Finance


As temperatures drop in some parts of the UK, Cold Weather Payments could be triggered, giving eligible Britons £25. Cold Weather Payments are issued for each seven-day period of cold weather.

The money is paid when the average temperature in a person’s area is recorded as, or is forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or lower over seven consecutive days.

With temperatures plummeting to below zero, and spells of snow falling in many parts of the UK, many Britons will be wondering if they are entitled to the funds.

Cold Weather Payments are a form of government support issued to eligible households after spells of cold weather between November 1 and March 31.

To receive a Cold Weather Payment, a household must be in receipt of qualifying benefits from the DWP.

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However, it should be noted it will depend on their specific circumstances:

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

There are certain requirements with each benefit that would deem a person eligible to receive payment, such as also having a disability or pensioner premium, or if they’re living with a child under five.

State pensioners on Pension Credit will normally be eligible for the payment.

Over four million payments have already been made this winter, according to Government figures.

Certain families could get as much as £75 over the course of this winter as the scheme has been triggered three times.

Altogether, £131million was paid out across 112 postcodes between November 1, 2022, and February 3, 2023.

On their website, the Met Office explained that this week will see unsettled weather for many.

There will be some snow and ice at first, mainly in the north, but conditions will turn milder later in the week.



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