HOUSEHOLDS struggling to pay for energy bills have just two weeks left to get cold weather payments.
Residents on low incomes are entitled to £25 if it's below zero for more than seven days in a row, or it's forecast to be.
Thousands of households have already received extra cash to heat their homes so far this winter.
It runs until March 31, 2022 so families have just two weeks left to get the payments.
The scheme is designed to help struggling families with their energy bills when the temperature gets very low.
For each seven-day period of low temperatures, the payment is worth £25 and if you get certain benefits you should get the cash automatically.
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Up till now, there have been 6 cold weather triggers where such payments are activated.
Some areas which have experienced extended periods of freezing temperatures have received multiple payouts, adding up to as much as £75.
Here's the full list of postcodes that have qualified for the payment so far over the 2021-22 winter period.
You can check if your area has had a cold weather payment by popping your postcode into the government's tool.
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Who is eligible for cold weather payments?
Households are eligible for the extra cash if they are getting the following:
- Pension Credit
- Universal Credit
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support for Mortgage Interest
Depending on your specific circumstances, you may also need to meet one or more of the following additional criteria:
- Have a disability or be in receipt of pension premium
- Have a child who is disabled
- Be in receipt of child tax credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
- Have a severe or enhanced disability premium
- Be in receipt of a limited capability for work amount
- Have a child under five living with you
You can find out more about eligibility on the government's website.
Getting the cold weather payment doesn't affect any other benefits you get.
If you're eligible, you should get the payments automatically within 14 days, into the same account where you get your benefit payments.
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But if you think you should get the payment and haven't, then contact your pension centre or Jobcentre Plus office, or call the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 5644.
If you’re getting Universal Credit, you can also sign in to your account and add a note to your journal.
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