The last week has brought freezing and sub-zero temperatures across the country with snow and ice covering roads and pavements.

It also means homeowners face colder temperatures in their houses - but this could be good news and they could claim a £25 a week reduction on energy bills.

Cold Weather Payments are designed to help struggling households pay their bills during periods of especially bad weather. It's run by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) and applies every winter.

The scheme kicks in on November 1 and ends on March 31 - it applies when temperatures fall to zero degrees or less for seven or more consecutive days.

Baroness Stedman-Scott at the Department for Work and Pensions, told Mirror Money: "Keeping warm throughout the winter is hugely important to staying healthy, which is why we pay to help heat homes when there’s a sustained cold snap.

"As well as Cold Weather Payments, we also run the Warm Home Discount Scheme and Winter Fuel Payments, so we have a number of schemes in place to help."

If you've experienced freezing temperatures in the past two months, check your postcode to see if your area qualifies for a £25 payment.

Cold Weather Payments checker - find out if you qualify

If you're experiencing freezing weather in your area, you can find out if you're owed money by entering your postcode in to the DWP's online finder, here.

If you qualify for a Cold Weather Payment, you’ll be paid automatically after each seven-day period of freezing weather. This money should arrive in the bank account you already have registered with the DWP - and payments should be made within a fortnight.

Contact the pension centre or your local Jobcentre Plus office if you think you should have received a Cold Weather Payment but didn't.

The Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 9344 can also be used.

Where Cold Weather Payments been triggered so far this winter

Tulloch Bridge

Aviemore

Braemar

Loch Glascarnoch

Eskdalemuir

Salsburgh

Shap

Auchincruive

Achnagart

Carlisle

Redesdale

Cassley

Tulloch Bridge

Bingley

Edinburgh Gogarbank

Leek Thorncliffe

Little Rissington

Rostherne

  • CW4, CW6-11

  • M1-9, M11-23, M25, M27-35, M38, M40-41, M43-46, M50, M90

  • PR7

  • SK1-12, SK14, SK16

  • WA1-16

  • WN1-8

Stonyhurst

Threave

Aviemore

Braemar

Loch Glascarnoch

Eskdalemuir

Shap

Katesbridge

Bainbridge

Redesdale

Stathallen Airfield

Machrihanish

Little Rissington

Threave

Salsburgh

Auchincruive

Tredegar Bryn Bach Park

Eskdalemuir

Loch Glascarnoch

Tullock Bridge

Where Cold Weather Payments have been triggered this week (w/b January 25)

Aboyne

Tulloch Bridge

Cassley

Braemar

Aviemore

Loch Glascarnoch