When it's really cold outside, keeping your home warm can be costly, but you could get a helping hand from HMRC courtesy of a Cold Weather Payment. Find out if you’re eligible to claim.
Temperatures have already plummeted below freezing this winter, but for those who are eligible a Cold Weather Payment could help cushion the impact.
Cold Weather Payments are granted during periods of extreme cold to help people on low incomes heat their homes. They are paid in the form of £25 credits on top of existing benefits each week that temperatures fall below freezing.
If you currently receive pension credit then it’s likely you will be eligible for a cold weather payment.
If you claim income support or job seekers allowance you will receive a cold weather payment if:
You have a child under the age of five living at your address
If you are paid income related employment and support allowance (ESA) then you will receive a cold weather payment if:
For more information on who qualifies for Cold Weather payments visit the Direct Gov website.
You don’t need to apply directly for a Cold Weather Payment as - providing you're eligible - they will be paid automatically when temperatures in your area are forecast to or fall below 0degC for more than 7 days in a row between the 1st November and 31st March each winter.
The government has set up weather stations across the UK to measure temperatures and monitor when Cold Weather Payments should be made.
For each 7 day period of cold weather, those who qualify will receive a one off payment of £25 within 14 working days. This is paid into the same account where other benefits such as pension credit and job seekers allowance are credited.
Cold Winter Payments will not affect any other benefit payments you receive and are not taxable. If you believe you should have received a payment but didn’t you will need to contact your pension centre or Jobcentre plus office.
Winter fuel payments are made to help people over the age of sixty with the cost of heating their home and are often confused with cold weather payments.
You can find out exactly what they are and if you’re eligible by reading our article on Winter Fuel Payments.
I received the cold weather payments last year.
But this year I have been told I am not entitled to any.
Last year I was receiving ?91 per week on Incapacity Benefit, on the premium rate.
This year they have taken that away from me and put me on ?50 per week.
I have appealed against this, and I am awaiting a date to go and see them.
I have been told the earliest date will be after April next year, and if I win my case I will receive back payment of money.
No good then, when it is now when I need the Cold Weather payments.
So it looks like, if you don't get the higher rate of money, you do-not qualify for the cold Payments.
So on ?91 per week, means receive cold weather payment of ?25.
On ?50 per week, you get none.
Is this fair?
As I am doing exactly the same this year as last year, Only not putting the heating on as I cannot afford it.
How can the governmen justify not paying cold weather payments to people who cannot work because of illness or/and a dissability yet those on job-seekers and and income support who are fit to work get it, along with free prescriptions and dental care and glasses?!! So people who are sick aren't supposed to keep warm and have to afford to pay for medicines for their illnesses ludicrus and disgusting !!!!!
I totaly agree with the comment made by 'Anonymous on 22 Dec 2010 15:45'. It seems this few extra pound we receive is supposed to work miracles. Pay for prescriptions, make up any rent that is not paid by the council (only a maximum of 75% of rent paid by them in my area) make up the difference in council tax, etc ect. The people on job seekers/income support are more than capable of work, in many cases, but just don't want to and get everything thrown at them, including grants and loans from the social security. If you are on incapacity you are not entitled to any of those. The government needs to have a serious re think on how they justify giving money to lazy people when people who are ill (incap ben) have to just get on with it, even though they would love to return to work.
Hello all I'm on IEsa I won't a job but with my illness of M.e and cfs I've had for 3years I'm in no fit state to even do out the ones they wanna look at is people who have got hidden money I.e people with shops and there in some one else's name and. Claiming for undisclosed amount of children I.e pakis mussas who are ripping off the state and people who have got lots of money and get a buss pass weather payments and pension credits and have caravans rent there second home out and still get a helping out I've worked as a HGV driver for over 20years paid my stamp now I've lost all to ill healf I couldn't afford to pay the mortgage I have to pay out of my benifits to my rent of wot goes to a landlord who no's higher rents will get paid cus they all rob dogs theifs blame the Conservatives and who voted them but civil war is comming
i am on long term disabilty living allowance, i was in receipt of income support until 3 months ago when i appealed against a decision to change to employment support allowance, which is still ongoing and am still being paid income support until the appeal date comes through, however now i am told i cannot receice a cold weather payment due to the appeal, why is this when either way at the end of it i will still either be receiving income support or employment support as im on dla