Cold weather has been felt across the UK recently, with some areas experiencing snow and ice. To help with the additional costs that come with the very cold weather, some will now receive a Cold Weather Payment.
The payments should be made automatically, within 14 working days of each period of very cold weather in the specific area.
The money is paid into the same bank or building society account as the recipient’s benefit payments.
Today, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed to Express.co.uk payments in certain areas have been triggered.
Baroness Stedman Scott said: “Keeping warm throughout the winter is hugely important to staying healthy, which is why we pay to help heat homes when there’s a sustained cold snap.
“As well as Cold Weather Payments, we also run the Warm Home Discount Scheme and Winter Fuel Payments, so we have a number of schemes in place to help.”
The DWP has now updated its postcode checker, a tool which enables the user to see if a payment is due in a specific area.
Enter the postcode AB35, for instance, and the service confirms one cold Weather Payment is due in the area over the period of November 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020.
This payment in certain areas of Aberdeenshire covers the period from December 28, 2020 to January 3, 2021.
The weather station used to determine the temperature is Braemar No 2.
A Cold Weather Payment, over the same period, has also been triggered in some areas of Inverness.
While the payments are made automatically, some may need to take action to ensure they do get their payment.
For instance, those who get Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance and either have had a baby or a child under five has come to live with them, must tell Jobcentre Plus.
Otherwise, they will not automatically get Cold Weather Payments, the government warns.
The full list of triggered postcodes so far this winter are:
Weather station and triggered postcodes
PA33, PA36, PA40,
PH8-9, PH15-17, PH30-35, PH37, PH49-50.
IV4, IV6, IV7, IV14- IV16, IV23-24, IV63.
DG3-4, DG10-11, DG13-14,