Thursday, December 19, 2019

Universal Credit claimants could get £25 - how to check if a Cold Weather Payment is due

Periods of very cold weather can no doubt cause a significant inconvenience for many people. It may also take a hit on a person’s outgoings, due to the need for keeping warm. It may be that some people, such as some Universal Credit recipients, are eligible for the Cold Weather Payment.

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This scheme runs during the winter, and in 2019 to 2020 this is from November 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

If the average temperature in the area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below for seven days in a row, then eligible people will get the payment.

They will get £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather between November 1 and March 31.

Following each period of very cold weather in the area, the payment should be received within 14 working days.

It is paid into the same bank or building society account as one’s benefit payments.

Cold Weather Payments do not affect a person’s other benefits, the gov.uk website confirms.

It does not need to be applied for, but should be paid automatically to eligible people.

If a person has a baby or a child under five has come to live with them, however, then they will need to tell Jobcentre Plus (should they get Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance).

Who is eligible for the Cold Weather Payment?

To be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment, a person must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit – if they are not employed or self-employed
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Support for Mortgage Interest

Additionally, they must meet at least one of the following criteria :

  • Be in receipt of a disability or pension premium
  • Have a child under five living with you
  • Be in receipt of Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
  • Have a health condition or disability and have limited capability for work.
  • Be in the work-related activity group or support group
  • Have a severe or enhanced disability premium.

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How to check postcode for Cold Weather Payment

In periods of the winter when the temperature drops, it may be that some want to know whether it’s been cold enough for the Cold Weather Payment to be triggered.

The government website hosts a Cold Weather Payment postcode checker tool.

To use it, a person needs to enter the first part of their postcode, and then click “continue”.

The results will then show the number of Cold Weather Payments which may be due in the area, correct to the start of this winter’s scheme up to the current date.

Where has Cold Weather Payment been triggered?

On December 18, the DWP confirmed that so far this season only Scotland has seen weather cold enough to trigger Cold Weather Payments.

Postcodes affected are:

  • FK20-21
  • PA33-36-40
  • PH8-9
  • PH15-17
  • PH30-35
  • PH37
  • PH49-50
  • AB35-36
  • PH10-11
  • PH18
  • AB37
  • IV13
  • PH19-26
  • IV4
  • IV6
  • IV7
  • IV14-16
  • IV23-24
  • IV63
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