Cold Weather Payments
Cold weather payments are made by the government to qualifying households when the temperature in your area hits zero degrees or below for seven consecutive days, within the winter period November to March.
For our area in South East Essex, this temperature is taken from the weather station in Shoeburyness.
Payments are made automatically to you if you are receiving one or more of the following state benefits;
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Support for Mortgage Interest
Full details of eligibility are listed on the government website (link below).
A £25 cold weather payment will be paid into the account you receive your benefits into. This is a non-repayable amount.
More detail can be found on the government website https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment.
Belbridge Energy monitor temperature data during this period, and will post notification if the 7 day rule is met – which should trigger a £25 payment to eligible households with the following 14 working days.
These payments do not affect your other benefits.