Scotland has officially entered autumn which means seasonal temperatures will start dropping as daylight hours shorten and nights get longer.

While we’re hopefully still a few weeks away from temperatures plummeting towards zero, many Scots are unaware that cold weather could spell good news for some households by providing £25 to help with the cost of heating bills.

The Cold Weather Payment is a UK Government subsidy paid out to help householders on a low income pay their fuel bills during periods of especially bad weather.

Eligible claimants will get £25 for each seven-day period of very cold weather between November 1 and March 31.

Payments are triggered by data collected by the Met Office from 94 weather stations around the UK.

You’ll be able to check if your area is due a payment from November 2020 on the GOV.UK website here.

Cold Weather Payments

People on a low income and in receipt of certain benefits can also claim the 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 between 1 November and 31 March and you’ll be able to check if your area is due a payment in November 2020.

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.

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

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.