TEMPERATURES is set to drop sharply this week, meaning it may be time to ramp up heating.
With energy bills at all-time highs, many are hoping to cut spending this winter.
Snow is expected to cover the UK in the coming days as an arctic blast sends temperatures as low as -7C.
Up to 20 inches of snow is predicted in Scotland from tomorrow before icy weather moves down into England over the following days.
But you can ask for help if you are experiencing financial difficulties, including cold weather payments.
NS cold weather payment is a £25 payment to people claiming benefits when temperatures drop to freezing.
If the temperature in their area drops below 0 degrees Celsius for seven consecutive days from November to March – we explain.
Am I eligible for a cold weather payment?
You are eligible for the cold weather payment program if you are receiving one of the following benefits and meet certain criteria:
Depending on your specific circumstances, you may also need to meet one or more of the following additional criteria:
- Disabled or receiving retirement benefits
- Have a child with a disability
- Receive child tax credit includes a disability or a severe disability factor
- There is a premium for severe or advanced disability
- Get limited capacity on workload
- Have a child under the age of five living with you
Regardless of employment, Universal Credit claimants are eligible if they have a disability child amount on file on their claim.
You can learn more about eligibility on government website.
How do I apply for cold weather payments?
You don’t need to sign up for cold weather payment as it is paid automatically.
You can check online if a payment for your area is due.
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