The scheme runs from the start of November to the end of March and payments have been activated several times over the past few weeks. The most recent payments were triggered just a few days ago with some people receiving three payments, or £75, in total so far this winter.
After the period of cold weather in a person’s area, they should receive the payment within 14 working days.
The funds are paid into the same bank or building society account in which a person receives their benefit payments.
Cold Weather Payments do not affect a person’s benefits claim or entitlement. Eligible people should receive the payment automatically.
If a person has not received a payment and they think they are due one, the department they should contact depends on what benefits they claim.
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A person may receive the payment if they claim one of these benefits, and if other criteria apply:
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Support for Mortgage Interest.
A person can find out online if they are due a Cold Weather Payment, or more than one payment.
Those who live in England and Wales can find out by using a checker tool on the gov.uk website.
Residents of Northern Ireland can check online using a tool on the NI direct Government website.
Both of the tools work by a person inputting the first part of their postcode e.g. LE1. The tool will then tell the person if they are due a payment and for what period.
Cold Weather Payments have been replaced in Scotland with the Winter Heating Payment, a one-off £50 payment which goes out to eligible people regardless of the weather conditions.
The eligibility criteria for the devolved payment are otherwise the same. This payment is due to go out in February 2023.