The first Cold Weather Payments of the 2021/22 winter season have been triggered by a persistent drop in temperature, and homes in entire postcodes will get £25.
Freezing weather means households can qualify for a £25 Cold Weather Payment , provided they also get certain benefits.
The temperature in two Scottish postcodes dipped below zero between December 21 and 27, triggering the first payouts of the benefit this year, the Daily Record reported .
The two postcodes are…
The scheme is run by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) and applies every winter, and is meant to help with heating bills.
It kicks in when the temperature in your area falls to 0c or less for seven consecutive days or more.
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If you’re eligible, the money will be paid into the account registered for your benefit payments.
Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the DWP, said: “Winter can be a difficult time for people, and this year, it’s more important than ever to make sure those eligible for our Cold Weather Payment are receiving it to help keep homes warm as temperatures drop.”
The scheme runs between November 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. Payments are triggered by data collected by the Met Office from 94 weather stations around Britain.
Who qualifies for Cold Weather Payments?
You must currently get one of the following benefits:
How do I get a Cold Weather Payment?
Good news – you don’t have to do anything.
Provided your local temperatures are cold enough, the money should arrive in the bank account you already have registered with the DWP within a fortnight.
Contact the pension centre or your local Jobcentre Plus office if you think you should have received a Cold Weather Payment but didn’t.
Nearly half the nation’s households would rather endure the cold this winter than burn money on heating, The Mirror reported earlier.
Four in ten admitted they cannot afford to spend a penny more for their gas and electricity, with 46 per cent admitting to keeping their heating off “for as long as possible” to cut bills and reduce their power usage.
Research also revealed almost 70 per cent of UK adults choose layering up with a jumper to avoid turning on the heating.
The study on bill costs, commissioned by Equity Release Supermarket, also showed 25 per cent of Brits changed their energy provider in the last six months after shopping around suppliers.
Nearly half the nation’s households would rather endure the cold this winter than burn money on heating.
Millions of other households strive to reduce their energy use by switching off gadgets, including the TV and games consoles, according to a poll of 2,000 people from across the nation.
Others take shorter showers, install draught excluders, ban baths – and even reduce toilet flushing in their fight to conserve resources.