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UK News Cold Weather Payment triggers expected as Britain faces snowy February - are you due £25?

20:37  27 january  2022
20:37  27 january  2022 Source:   express.co.uk

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A Cold Weather Payment is provided to certain households to compensate for heating bills in the event of extended cold weather. A deep freeze is expected to set in across large areas in England and Wales with Scotland expecting snowfall and some chilly late season rain.

As weather forecasts show a miserably start to February, some households could see £25 landing in their accounts before March.

Weather forecaster WXCHarts has predicted up to four inches of snow in early February, indicating an impending temperature drop.

Some forecasters are even suggested that Scotland and Northeast England could start seeing snow from today.

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While the showers, snow and ice have been said to not likely cause any disruption for residents, the chilly weather could be earning them some extra cash.

A Cold Weather Payment provides certain households with £25 to cover the added heating costs needed to cope with extremely cold weather.

If the weather for seven consecutive days is either forecasted or recorded as below zero degrees eligible households will receive a Cold Weather Payment automatically.

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Residents can also stand to get more than £25 if the unappealing weather lasts for more than seven days.

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Eligible households can use the online postcode checker on Gov.uk to see if their postcode has received any triggers.

Triggered postcodes should receive their £25 automatically within 14 working days of the cold weather.

To receive the automatic payments, residents 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.

Some of these benefits have extra requirements in order for households to receive the Cold Weather Payment.

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Those receiving Income Support and income-based Jobseeker's Allowance will receive the payment if they have any of the following:

  • A disability or pensioner premium
  • A disabled child
  • Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
  • A child under the age of five living with them.

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance claimants will receive the payment if they are in a work-related activity group or support group.

Those that do not take part in either of these may receive the payment if they have any of the following:

  • A severe or enhanced disability premium
  • A pensioner premium
  • A disabled child
  • Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
  • A child under the age of five living with them.

Universal Credit claimants can receive the payment if at least one of the following also apply:

  • They have a health condition or disability and a limited capability for work
  • A child under the age of five living with them.

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