£25 cold weather payments start TODAY: Seven-day cold snap triggers emergency cash – so are YOU eligible?
- Households in 300 postcodes that are eligible for money will receive payments
- Benson, in Oxfordshire, is one area where some residents will get payment
- Last night, the mercury plummeted to -9C, making it the coldest part of England
- Britons who are already in receipt of certain benefits are in line for the money
Some of Britain’s poorest households are set to get £25 cold weather payments after the temperature threshold was triggered this week for parts of the country.
The Government payments have been triggered for eligible households in areas where the average temperature has been recorded as, or is forecast to be, 0C or below over seven consecutive days
Households in 300 postcodes in parts of Cumbria, North-East and North-West England, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Birmingham, Coventry, Staffordshire and Brecon will get £25 if they area already in receipt of certain benefits.
Benson, in South Oxfordshire, is one of the regions where some residents will get the payment. Last night, the mercury plummeted to -9C, making it the coldest part of England.
Some of Britain’s poorest households are set to get £25 cold weather payments after the temperature threshold was triggered this week for parts of the country. Above: Consett, in County Durham, this morning after overnight snow fall. The area is one of those where eligible residents will get a cold weather payment
National Energy Action has urged the Government to provide more support for ‘those at greatest peril’ as parts of the UK are hit by freezing conditions.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a Level 3 cold weather alert covering England until Monday and the Met Office has issued several yellow weather warnings for snow and ice in parts of the UK over the coming days.
You can find out if your area is cold enough for you to be in line for a payment by putting your postcode into the Department for Work and Pensions’ website.
Those eligible will receive the payment straight to their bank account.
The cold weather payment is being issued to Britons who receive pension credit, income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, income-related employment and support allowance (ESA), universal credit and support for mortgage interest (SMI).
Those who are getting income support or jobseeker’s allowance will get the payment if they have a disability or pensioner premium, a disabled child; child tax credit that features a disability element or a child under five who lives with them.
The Government payments have been triggered for eligible households in areas where the average temperature has been recorded as, or is forecast to be, 0C or below over seven consecutive days. Above: Consett, in County Durham, this morning
People entitled to ESA will also get the payment if they are part of a work-related activity or support group, get a severe or enhanced disability premium, pensioner premium, a child tax credit with a disability element or child under five living with them.
Universal credit claimants will get the £25 as long as they are not employed or self-employed and one of the following applies to them: they have a health condition or disability and have a limited ability to work; and/or they have a child under five living with them.
Those on universal credit will also get it if they have a disabled child, regardless of whether or not they are employed.
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: ‘Cold weather payments can be triggered right through to the end of March, giving people facing disproportionately cold weather that extra reassurance over the chillier months.
‘We’re committed to protecting the most vulnerable in our society and this additional help comes on top of wider Government support including £1,200 in direct payments already issued to millions of low-income households this year.
‘Alongside this, we’re providing households with £400 towards their energy bills this winter, with our energy price guarantee saving the typical household another £900 on top of this.’
But Adam Scorer, chief executive of National Energy Action, said more must be done, adding: ‘Millions will have been dreading the onset of winter.
‘Impossibly high prices and now cold weather will leave millions struggling to stay warm and safe at home.
‘Our figures show that 6.7 million UK households are fuel poor after energy prices have almost doubled in a year.
‘We hear daily from people who are forced to turn their heating off when they need it the most.
‘The vicious choice is either huge debt or an unheated home, with dreadful consequences either way.
‘We will now start to see just how bleak this winter is going to be.
‘Despite the current programme of support, the Government must step in with more help for those at greatest peril this winter.’
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