Could You Be Eligible For Cold Weather Payments?
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s had to fight the urge of turning the heating up and leaving it on all day lately. There’s nothing worse than being freezing cold in your own home, not being able to switch the central heating up due to fears of higher energy bills. But how many of you are aware of the cold weather payment scheme which is running until March 2015?
The Cold Weather Payment is a government grant given to certain qualifying households when the temperature in their area drops below zero degrees celsius for 7 days in a row. The best bit is you don’t have to sign up to anything and there are no catches to this. If you qualify, then the government should automatically reimburse you £25 for every week of cold weather. If you qualify then you no longer have to worry about spending a fortune on energy bills when the arctic conditions creep back up on us.
If you receive either income support, pension credit, jobseekers allowance, income-related employment and support allowance or universal credit, then you could be eligible to receive the cold weather grant. If this applies to you then please feel free to use this Cold Weather Payment Tool to find out if your area is due to receive a payment.
The payments will continue until 31st March 2015 and you should get your payments within 14 working days. I know this little scheme will be extremely helpful to lots of you so I thought It’d be something nice for me to draw your attention to. I will keep my eye out for any other helpful little schemes for you.
If you haven’t received a cold weather payment but feel that you are owed one, then go ahead and contact your pension centre or job centre plus office.