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    Cold weather payments: quickly check if you're entitled
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    • 5th Jan 10, 11:15 AM
    Cold weather payments: quickly check if you're entitled 5th Jan 10 at 11:15 AM
    What are cold weather payments?

    Cold weather payments are cash boosts (for paying energy bills) for those on certain benefits when the weather gets especially cold. You get £25 per week if the temperature drops to below zero celsius (or is predicted to) for seven consecutive days between 1 Nov to 31 March.

    Don't confuse this with winter fuel payments for over 60s which are automatically paid every year (See the Winter Fuel news story for more).

    Who's eligible?

    You may be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment if you get Pension Credit or income-related Employment and Support Allowance with a support or work related activity component in the main phase.

    You may also be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment for each qualifying week if you are getting Income Support, income-based Jobseekerís Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance in the assessment phase and have one of the following:
    • a pensioner premium, higher pensioner premium or enhanced pensioner premium
    • a disability premium, enhanced disability premium or severe disability premium
    • a disabled child premium
    • Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
    • a child who is under five in the family
    See full details on Direct Gov.

    Quickly find out if your area should receive payments

    You can use Direct Gov's postcode checker to find out how many cold weather payments your area is entitled too:

    UPDATE 6 Jan. It looks like Direct Giv may be having problems with the postcode checker. If it's not working for you, check this Cold Weather PDF for details of payments due up to 5 Jan.

    How you get the cash

    There is no need to make a claim. Payments are made automatically by the Income Support Computer System or Jobseeker's Allowance Payment System after the temperature has dropped. A small number of cases are paid clerically by the Social Security or Jobs & Benefits office.

    Though so people report they've not got a payment when they should....

    If you've not got a payment and should have please let us know by clicking reply and posting in the discussion

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    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 29-08-2013 at 4:27 PM.
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