With temperatures starting to drop, the Department for Work and Pensions has announced who may be entitled to Cold Winter Payments.

The money is there to offer additional support for those most in need, to help keep things such as their home warm.

People across Merseyside and other parts of the country could find that they are automatically eligible for this important cash support.

Baroness Stedman-Scott, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the DWP, said: "Winter can be a difficult time for people, and our Cold Weather Payment will help you keep your home warm as temperatures drop.

"Payments are made automatically but if you think you might be eligible, you can check online to see if your area is due a payment and plan accordingly."

Here's everything you need to know about Cold Weather Payments and how to check if you're eligble, Bristol Live reports.

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Who is eligible for the Cold Weather Payments?

In order to be eligible for these payments, the average temperature in your area must be either recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees or colder for seven days in a row.

Those who fall under these circumstances will be entitled to the DWP's Cold Weather Payments between November 2020 and March 2021 which includes £25 for every seven day period where the weather is extremely cold.

The people who are able to claim the Cold Weather Payments are those who are receiving particular benefits or support including:

Universal Credit claimants must also have a child under the age of five to benefit or either have a health condition or disability which limits their capacity for work.

Similarly, those who receive income-based Jobseeker's Allowance and Income support and also have a disability or pensioner premium, a child under the age of five, a child who is disabled or a Child Tax Credit including a disability element then they will usually get the payments.

And those who are on Pension Credit, ESA and Support for Mortgage Interest will traditionally be offered the additional money if they live in an area that falls under the entitlement.

But if you are unsure whether you are eligible then you can use the UK Government's online checker here.

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When do I get paid?

The Cold Weather Payments start from Sunday, November 1 and does not impact any other benefits.

Therefore you can claim this additional support without worrying that it will impact any other benefits that you receive.