PUBLISHED: 11:01, Wed, Dec 4, 2019 | UPDATED: 11:02, Wed, Dec 4, 2019
As December gets underway, Britons across the UK will likely be digging out their winter wardrobe - if they haven’t already done so. While extra layers may help, cranking up the central heating in a bid to keep warm will be a must for many people this winter. This will no doubt come at a cost, which is why during very cold periods of weather, recipients of certain benefits such as Pension Credit and Universal Credit may get a one-off payment.
The Cold Weather Payment Scheme is run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
This payment may be paid if a person is getting certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest.
Should the average temperature in the individual’s area be recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below for seven days in a row, the eligible person will get the payment.
This is £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather, while the scheme is running.
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Universal Credit: The Cold Weather Payment may be available in periods of very cold weather (Image: GETTY)
The scheme runs between November 1 2019 to March 31 2020.
During this time, after each period of very cold weather in a person’s area, they should get the payment within 14 working days.
The money is paid into the same bank or building society account as the individual’s benefit payments.
It does not need to be applied for, as those eligible should be paid it automatically.
If a person does not receive a Cold weather Payment which is due, then they are instructed to tell their pension centre or