Cold weather payment: Who is eligible? How you could get cash boost as temperatures drop


Cold Weather Payments are given to eligible Britons when temperatures sink below a certain level. The scheme will soon open up again, and with temperatures already looking rather chilly the payments will be a lifesaver to those reaching for the heating.

After each period of very cold weather in your area, you should get a payment within 14 working days.

You will get £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather between November 1 and March 31.

Very cold weather is regarded as when temperatures drop to zero degrees celsius or below over seven consecutive days.

With just more than a month to go until the scheme opens up, some may be wondering who is eligible for a heating cash boost.

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Another said: “I’m pretty p****d off that it’s only September and I’ve had to put my heating on.”

While a third said they were waiting out the cold until October starts writing: “It had been cold! I’ve still not put the heating on though. I’m refusing until we at least get into October”.

Temperatures have dropped across the UK towards the end of September, and this is forecast to continue into October.

The start of October is forecast to be largely unsettled according to the Met Office, with some occasional longer spells of rain across much of the country.

The Met Office long-range forecast for Friday, October 2 to Sunday, October 11, shows the potential for frost and cold weather.

Forecasters write: “Feeling cold, especially so where there is persistent rain and strong winds.

“Frost is possible at night in any calmer period, becoming increasingly likely for the northern half of the UK later in this period.”

It will also be “Often windy, with a risk of gales at times (potentially severe), particularly around coastal regions and within areas of more significant rainfall.”


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