Temperatures have started dipping below zero across the country and the Met Office is forecasting more snow and ice for parts of Scotland over the next few days, which means many households could be eligible for a £25 payment to help heat their home this winter.

The Cold Weather Payment is a UK Government subsidy of £25 delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to households on a low income, receiving certain qualifying benefits. The payment is made for each seven-day period of very cold weather between November 1 and March 31, 2022.

Payments are triggered by data collected by the Met Office from 94 weather stations around the UK, including 27 in Scotland.

It is also worth noting that Cold Weather Payments do not affect your other benefits.

You can quickly check online if you are due to receive a £25 payment on the GOV.UK website, all you have to do is enter your postcode here.

What is the Cold Weather Payment?

People on a low income and in receipt of certain benefits can claim the £25 Cold Weather Payment to help with heating costs when the temperature is recorded as, or forecast to be, colder than zero degrees Celsius across seven consecutive days.

You’ll get £25 for each seven-day period of very cold weather from now until March 31, 2021.

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.

It’s also worth noting that Cold Weather Payments do not affect your other benefits.

Who is eligible for Cold Weather Payments?

You may be eligible for Cold Weather Payments if you’re getting:

You can read the full details for eligibility for each of these on the GOV.UK website here.

How to claim Cold Weather Payments

You do not need to apply. If you’re eligible to get a Cold Weather Payment, you’ll be paid automatically.

Find out more about Cold Weather Payments on the GOV.UK website here.

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