What’s in this guide?
The cold weather payment is a genuine opportunity for those at risk to get a payment to help with fuel costs when the temperature is very low.
Are you interested?
It isn’t as advertised as perhaps it should be, so take a look at this guide which will tell you everything you need to know about the cold weather payment.
Including what it is, if you’re eligible and how to apply.
What is the cold weather payment?
From the 1st of November to the 31st of March every year, you could potentially be getting a sum of money for every week that the temperature is below 0 degrees in your area.
To get the payment, the temperature has to be below 0 degrees for seven consecutive days, which is why you have to keep an eye on the temperature in your area.
Having this payment doesn’t affect any other benefits you might have, so you don’t have to pay it back or worry about any other payments you receive.
If you apply and you’re successful, you’ll receive your cold weather payment after 14 days in the same account you get your benefits paid into.
You can also get the winter fuel payment separately as well, so make sure you check out all your options for the winter months.
How much is the cold weather payment?
The cold weather payment is £25 every seven consecutive days that the temperature drops below 0 degrees.
Remember, this only applies from the 1st of November to the 31st of March every year.
Am I eligible?
Are you eligible?
If you are receiving any of these benefits, you could apply for the cold weather payment.
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
How do I apply for the cold weather payment?
It should be automatically paid to you if you are eligible.
If you haven’t, you should contact your local pension centre or Jobcentre Plus office to find out more. Or, if you are receiving universal credit, you should call the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 9344.
Note: The scheme has closed for 2017/2018, but in November of 2018 you can start checking to see if your area is due a payment here.
Other assistance you might be eligible for
If you aren’t eligible for the cold weather payment or you are but you think you need more help, there are other options available to you.
Winter fuel payment:
For help with increased energy costs, you could get the winter fuel payment.
The winter fuel payment will help you with the costs of your energy, but it isn’t dependant on the temperature.
You could get up to £300 of tax-free assistance.
Warm home discount:
This is usually a rebate of £140 for your electricity bills when the price of energy increases, during the winter months.
You’ll often get a discount on your existing energy bills rather than cash in your bank account.
Those who are eligible are usually either the elderly or those in receipt of specific benefits.
Energy Efficiency Tips
If you’re looking at discounts or cash sums for your energy over winter, there are some other ways you can save some money.
Even if it’s saving a few pennies, they can add up and end up saving you a lot in the long run.
The single best way to save money on your energy is to have a well-insulated house.
This is because having a well-insulated house means merely that you don’t have to heat your home as much, meaning you could have some real savings on your costs.
It doesn’t have to be expensive either, as draught proofing means buying cheap materials and DIY’ing it.
Turn your thermostat down
Turning your thermostat down 1 degree could save you up to £60 a year!
Evidence suggest that keeping your heating on at a lower level constantly could be cheaper than occasionally blasting your heating on.
If you want to cut down on any costs, you could just wear more jumpers, socks and slippers to avoid the temptation of turning on your heating.
This doesn’t mean you should never use your heating though, as that could be dangerous for your health and things like your pipes and so on.
Turn your shower pressure down
If you have a high-pressure shower, this can be a fantastic luxury. But, it could be costing you a lot and turning it down could save you some money.
You could utilise all of the energy you’re using by using it to heat your home or cook other meals for the rest of the week.
Use the right part of your hob
If you’re heating/cooking a small meal, you might want to use a small pan with the smallest ring on your hob, as using a huge ring might be costing you.
Heat your home with cooking
Once you have finished cooking your dinner, why not open your oven and let the heat from inside heat your kitchen?
Unplugging your devices such as your TV, phone chargers and computer could give you some significant savings.
Get free cavity wall insulation
There are some grants and initiatives available that mean that you could be getting free cavity insulation.
This could save you up to £98 a year!
Did you know that you could be saving £200 a year on your energy bills?