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If you’re on a low income, or certain benefits, you can get a Cold Weather Payment from the government, as hundreds of postcodes in England and Wales will receive £25 over the next two weeks.
What is a Cold Weather Payment?
The Cold Weather Payment is triggered if average temperatures hit freezing or below for seven days in a row: payments will be made to homes across north-east England, Cumbria, west Wales and as far south as Oxfordshire, where the lowest recorded temperature was recently –9.7C.
You can see if you’re entitled to the payment by going here and entering your postcode here.
The scheme runs until 31st March. You’ll get £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather until 31 March.
After each period of very cold weather in your area, you should get a payment within 14 working days. It’s paid into the same bank or building society account as your benefit payments.
These payments do not affect your other benefits.