Yorkshire Times
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1:00 AM 20th January 2024

You Could Be Eligible For A ‘Cold Weather Payment’

Residents across 11 UK areas - and up to 300 postcodes - currently qualify for cold weather payments!

Photo by Nadine Chmel on Unsplash
Photo by Nadine Chmel on Unsplash
Snow and ice warnings have been triggered across large parts of the United Kingdom this week, leaving many residents with no choice but to spend more on their heating. As a result, the energy company Utility Bidder have answered key questions surrounding the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) cold weather payments and how UK residents can qualify throughout this winter.

James Longley, Managing Director at Utility Bidder has provided the following comment to key questions surrounding cold weather payments this winter:

What is the cold weather payment?

This support is a one-off payment provided by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and qualifying households will get a one-off payment of £25 sent automatically following seven consecutive days of zero-degree or sub-zero-degree temperatures.

Do I qualify for the cold weather payment?

You may be entitled to cold weather payments if you’re getting certain benefits such as universal credit or income support - and you can find the full list on the GOV.UK website. These payments are automatic and you don’t need to sign up.

Is the whole of the UK eligible?

Scotland has been hit hard by the colder temperatures over the past week, yet Scottish residents don’t qualify for the cold weather payment. There is an alternative, however, as the winter heating payment replaced this and was first paid in winter 2022-2023. Around 400,000 Scottish residents on low incomes qualify and receive a one-off payment of £55.05, with payments having begun in December 2023 and expected to be completed by the end of January 2024.

What’s the difference to winter fuel payments?

The winter fuel payment helps those over the age of 67 or those born before 25th September 1957, who could receive between £250 and £600 to help with paying the heating bills. This payment is usually automatic if you’re eligible and you should have received a letter in late 2023 regarding the qualifying amount - if not, visit GOV.UK.

Which areas are currently covered?

Shap, Cumbria, is often synonymous with recording the lowest temperatures in England, and local readings reached -11°C in mid-January. Eleven local postcodes saw payments triggered on January 12th, along with six in Redesdale, Northumberland.

Other areas to see payments triggered since the start of the year include “Albemarle, Bainbridge, Benson, Bingley, Charterhall, Fylingdales, Leek Thorncliffe, Libanus, and Marham.

How can you help combat your heating bills if you don’t qualify?

Temperatures have plummeted across the UK in recent weeks, and energy costs will have been a worry for many homeowners. Simple tips such as knowing where to place furniture in your home, leaving the bathroom door open when showering, and allowing as much sunlight in as possible throughout the day will enable people to feel warmer for longer.

The use of a thermostat is also important, and the temperature should always be kept at least between 10°C to 15°C to avoid frozen pipes in the coldest spells - especially if you are away from the property.