What is the cold weather payment scheme?
The Cold Weather Payments grant is available to those on certain benefits and can result in a weekly payment of £25 towards the cost of heating your home in the winter months. Cold Weather Payments are available to those on certain benefits who live in areas where the temperature is lower than 0oC for 7 days in a row. The payment itself is £25 for every 7-day period that the temperature drops below freezing between the 1st of November and the 31st of March. The payment is made within 2 weeks and will be paid to the same account to which your benefits are linked.
Your eligibility is mainly dependent on what benefits you are on, but it is also only available in certain areas of the country.