With energy costs rising, many Brits may need a helping hand as winter approaches (Picture: Getty Images)
Ofgem’s ceiling on fuel and electricity bills – currently set to the equivalent of £1,971 a year for the average household – is already set to jump by more than 80% to £3,549 in October.
Based on current trends, it is likely to double from that figure to £7,263 when the cap is reviewed in April, according to consultants Auxilione.
As part of the Cold Weather Payment, you can receive a cash boost to help offset energy bills and keep your home warm.
But what is the Cold Weather Payment, when does it usually arrive, and who is eligible to get it?
What is the Cold Weather Payment?
The Cold Weather Payment is money paid to those eligible during spells of cold weather to offset the cost of bills such as heating and hot water.
The payment is a lifeline for those in need over winter (Picture: Getty Images)
You’ll get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, 0°C or below over seven consecutive days.
You’ll get £25 for each seven-day period of very cold weather between November 1 and March 31.
When is the Cold Weather Payment paid?
This year’s scheme will begin from November 1, when you can check if your area is due payment – according to gov.uk.
The Cold Weather Payment is usually paid automatically between November and December every year.
After each period of very cold weather in your area, you should get a payment within 14 working days.
It’s paid into the same bank or building society account as your benefit payments and does not affect any existing benefits you may receive.
The payment is determined by the temperature of your area (Picture: Getty Images)
Who is eligible for the Cold Weather Payment?
In order to be eligible, you will need to be receiving:
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Support for Mortgage Interest
If you receive Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, AND either have a young baby or a child under five living with you, you need to inform Job Centre Plus – else you won’t receive the payment.
You do not need to apply for the Cold Weather Payment – if you’re eligible you will be paid it automatically.
If you think you should have received the payment but don’t, you need to contact Pension Service or Jobcentre Plus, or if you’re claiming Universal Credit, put a note in your journal or ring the Universal Credit hotline.
Notably, these are different schemes, so check if you’re able to receive those by visiting gov.uk.
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