The rise in the number of Universal Credit claims comes amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has seen millions feel a financial impact. And while lockdown measures vary across UK, restrictions are ongoing, meaning many may well be wondering how they will make ends meet.
Should the average temperature in the area be recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over seven days in a row, eligible people could potentially get a payment.
Via the Cold Weather Payment, eligible people can get £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather during November 1 to March 31.
Cold Weather Payments differ to Winter Fuel Payments, and they do not affect a person’s other benefits.
The payments are usually made to the eligible person who is due one automatically.
This should be within 14 working days after each period of the very cold weather in their area.
Who is eligible for Cold Weather Payments?
The exact criteria for each benefit varies, but it may be a person can get Cold Weather Payments if they receive:
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Support for Mortgage Interest
A person will also be eligible if they have a disabled child amount in their Universal Credit claim, and this is whether they’re employed or not.
Those who are eligible can check to see whether a Cold Weather Payment has been triggered in their area.
This can be done online, via the government website.
To use the service, online users should enter the first part of their postcode in the DWP’s Cold Weather Payment postcode checker, then press “continue”.