What are Cold Weather Payments and could you be eligible for this cold weather government benefit top-up?

Cold Weather Payments are a government benefit top-up to help with fuel bills during times of exceptionally cold weather.

These payments are not age-related. To qualify, you must already be eligible for one of five benefits:

• Pension Credit
• Income Support
• Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Universal Credit - although there are certain exceptions

To see if you are eligible for the cold weather payment, visit www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment/eligibility

Each Cold Weather Payment is paid for a seven-day period and is worth £25. The average temperature must be zero degrees Celsius - or less - for seven days in a row. The scheme covers the period between 1 November and 31 March each year.

This temperature needs to be recorded by the weather station nearest to your postcode. You can check if a payment is due in your area by visiting coldweatherpayments.dwp.gov.uk/ and
entering the first part of your postcode.

The good news is, you don't have to do anything to get them as the system knows all about you. Payments arrive automatically and are paid within two weeks straight into the same bank or building society account as your benefit payments.