Cold Weather Payments 2014 - 2015 | Who gets them and when.

Cold Weather Payments 2014 - 2015 Who Gets Them?

Updated 20th January 2015

Cold Weather Payments are not the same as Winter Fuel Allowance Payments!

Cold Weather payments may be available - automatically - if you are in the 'low income' group. Set out below...

To qualify for cold weather payments, you have to live in certain areas areas of the UK, where there are 'triggering'  weather conditions during the winter months. Some areas will be deemed to be cold enough for the payment, whilst other will not be cold enough!!!
You can check if your area is cold enough at any given time from November 1st 2014. (Link at bottom of page)

You do not have to receive the pensioner's winter fuel payments. It is possible for other benefits claimants to receive the Cold Weather Payments.

The payment this winter - November 1st 2014 : March 31st 2015 -  is £25.00 for each week that it is payable in your area. (Every week that it is cold enough.)

Who will Get the Cold Weather Payment The persons who are eligible for Cold Weather Payments are those who are on low incomes and live in a postal area where the temperature drops to Zero deg C for a period of seven consecutive days between the dates of 1st November 2014 and 31st March 2015.

Explanation : It is possible for instance, that certain areas of Kent are classified as being cold enough for the 7 day period, whilst nearby in Sussex, there has been one warm day in the middle of the same week, which will prevent payment!!!!

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If you are receiving Income Support; Income-based JSA; or Income related ESA AND you have had a baby recently, or have a child under the age of 5 who is living with you (any child) you should tell the JobCentre Plus, or you may not automatically get the payment.

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