Cold weather payments triggered across the UK – how can you check if you are eligible?

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Cold weather payments have been triggered 30 times this year.

The benefit sees Britons get extra cash when the weather is bitter.

How do cold weather payments work?

Are you eligible for the extra cash?

What are cold weather payments? 

Cold weather payments were devised by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown to help needy Britons.

During bad periods of weather Britons can get £25 for each seven day period of cold weather, between November 1 and March 31.

In order to get the payment, the average temperature in your area must be recorded as – or forecast to be – zero degrees or below, for seven days in a row.

After each period of poor weather, the payment should be made into your bank or building society account within 14 working days, the website gov.uk explains.

Can you get cold weather payments?

The government states: “You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Pension Credit.”

You might also get then if you receive income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, universal credit or support for mortgage interest.

It said: “You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Universal Credit and you’re not employed or self-employed. One of the following must also apply:

  • you have a health condition or disability and have limited capability for work (with or without work-related activity)
  • you have a child under 5 living with you.”

Where have there been cold weather payments so far?

  • Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland – 2 trigger
  • Achnagart, Scotland
  • Albermarle, Stamfordham, Northumberland
  • Aviemore, Scottish Highlands – 2 triggers
  • Bainbridge, North Yorkshire, England – 2 triggers
  • Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland – 3 triggers
  • Cassley, Sutherland, Scotland
  • Eskdalemuir, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland – 2 triggers
  • Fylingdales, Scarborough, North Yorkshire – 2 triggers
  • Lake Vyrnwy, Powys, Wales
  • Leek, Staffordshire
  • Loch Glascarnoch, Scotland – 3 triggers
  • Redesdale, Northumberland – 2 triggers
  • Salsburgh, North Lanarkshire, Scotland – 2 triggers
  • Shap, Cumbria
  • Strathallan, Scotland
  • Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent Wales
  • Tulloch Bridge, Perth, Scotland – 2 triggers

What is the weather forecast today? 

BBC Weather forecaster Stay Danaos warned another area of low pressure will move into northwestern Europe this week and unleash further brutal weather conditions for the UK.

Mr Danaos said: “We have seen some very turbulent weather across the eastern Mediterranean over the last few days. This area of low pressure is continuing to journey its way eastwards.

“It has bought significant amounts of Sahara dust across parts of Greece and the islands, into southern Turkey and Cyprus as these big thunderstorms and showers have arrived.

“But it looks like it will continue to ease away from Greece and the islands through Thursday.

“Meanwhile, we have got a lull in proceedings across the British Isles and Ireland before the next area of low pressure moves in off the Atlantic.”

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