DWP issues Cold Weather Payment update as 1,000 people get £75

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The Cold Weather Payments are usually £25 but due to a consistent cold streak in certain areas, an estimated 1,000 people could be due three payments. Households can check if they are eligible for this payout through the online Cold Weather Payment postcode checker.

Cold Weather Payments are issued to help households cover the added costs of unusually cold weather. 

Under the scheme, a £25 payment is made to eligible recipients for every seven days with recorded or forecasted temperatures below zero degrees. 

So far this winter, an estimated 13,000 Cold Weather Payments have been made across a variety of different postcodes. 

However, not all recipients are receiving just £25 as one weather station has had three triggers so far this winter, seeing a potential £75 payout for residents. 

Cold Weather Payments are available between the beginning of November until the end of March for eligible households. 

From November 1, 2021 to January 7, 2022, there have been 3,994,000 eligible recipients for Cold Weather Payments in Great Britain. 

This is in stark contrast to the number of payments actually made thus far, which is why households are encouraged to use the online postcode checker to see if they are due a payment. 

The checker will reveal how many payments have been triggered in one’s postcode and the weather station that triggered them.

So far this winter the following weather stations have been triggered:

  • Aboyne – 7,000 estimated eligible recipients
  • Aviemore – 1,000 estimated eligible recipients
  • Loch Glascarnoch – 2,000 estimated eligible recipients
  • Braemar – 1,000 estimated eligible recipients

The Braemar station has seen three triggers since the start of the winter so eligible households in the area could be due, or have received, £75 from the Department of Work and Pensions.

The payments are automatic for eligible households. 

The Braemar station has seen three triggers since the start of the winter so eligible households in the area could be due, or have received, £75 from the Department of Work and Pensions.

Once the payment is distributed it will land in the same bank or building society account that one usually receives their benefits in. 

For those who believe they have met the criteria for a Cold Weather Payment but have not received one are advised to use the postcode checker. 

If the postcode checker reveals that payments have been triggered in their area then claimants can consult the Jobcentre or Pension Service from which they receive their benefits payments. 

To be eligible for Cold Weather Payments, one must be claiming at least one of the following 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. 

Universal Credit 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.

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