You could be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment - here’s how to check

With temperatures beginning to drop, the cost of heating your house can result in expensive energy bills.

But if you’re receiving certain benefits or support for mortgage interest, then you may be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment.

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This is how to know if you’re eligible for a Cold Weather Payment.

You may be able to claim for Cold Weather Payments if you’re getting:

Pension CreditIncome SupportIncome-based Jobseeker’s AllowanceIncome-related Employment and Support AllowanceUniversal CreditSupport for Mortgage Interest

Income Support and income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and have any of the following:

a disability or pensioner premiuma child who is disabledChild Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability elementa child under 5 living with you

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get income-related ESA and are in a work-related activity group or support group. If you’re not in either of these groups, you might also get Cold Weather Payments if you have any of the following:

a severe or enhanced disability premiuma pensioner premiuma child who is disabledChild Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability elementa child under 5 living with you

Universal Credit

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Universal Credit and you’re not employed or self-employed. One of the following must also apply:

you have a health condition or disability and have limited capability for work (with or without work-related activity)you have a child under 5 living with you

You’ll also be eligible if you have a disabled child amount in your claim, whether you’re employed or not.

What do you get from a Cold Weather Payment?

The Cold Weather Payment scheme runs from 1 November 2020 to 31 March 2021 and you’ll get £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between these dates.

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.

If you’re receiving certain benefits or support for mortgage interest, then you may be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment (Photo: Shutterstock)

How can I claim?

You do not need to apply in order to claim. If you’re eligible to get a Cold Weather Payment, you’ll be paid it automatically.

Tell your pension centre or Jobcentre Plus office if you think you should have received a Cold Weather Payment but you have not.

Click here to check if you can get a payment in your area. For further information visit Gov.uk.

This article was originally published on our sister site, Edinburgh Evening News.