Cold Weather Payments go up as the temperature goes down

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Freezing temperatures around the country are due to trigger further Cold Weather Payments this week.

The payments provide vital reassurance to the most vulnerable households so that they can afford to turn up the heating, and up to four million people are in line for the extra Government help this year.

A £25 payment is made for each seven-day period of very cold weather to help people with the cost of heating their homes. Up to January 23, a total of 337,000 payments have been made this winter, worth £8,425,000.

Work and Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:“It is vital that we help pensioners and vulnerable people to turn up the thermostat and keep warm when temperatures drop and I expect millions of pounds to be paid out this winter.

“This help, with the Winter Fuel Payment and Warm Home Discount Scheme, is making a real difference to support the most vulnerable people in our society.

“Cold Weather Payments are paid automatically to people on certain benefits so it is important that everyone eligible applies for support, such as Pension Credit, to make sure they receive all the help they are due.

“I’d urge pensioners and their families to call us to make a claim.”

Payments are made when the temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below for seven consecutive days. Those eligible include poorer pensioners and low-income households, which include disabled people or children under the age of five.

Full details are online at www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment/eligibility