As the cold weather sets in, many Britons will be reaching for their thermostats to warm up their homes. While for some this can be done without a second thought, for others the increase in bills can be daunting.
In order to make sure no one goes cold during the winter months, there are several schemes in place to help.
These can give funding to those in need to be put towards heating bills.
Some schemes are based on the weather, while others on circumstances, age and whether any benefits are already being claimed.
One such payment is the Cold Weather Payment, which is issued by the Government.
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If you have a baby or a child under the age of five comes to live with you -the Government says you must
Tell Jobcentre Plus if you get Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance and:
- you’ve had a baby
- a child under 5 has come to live with you
You will not automatically get Cold Weather Payments if you do not.
If during the timeframe Cold Weather Payments are made you have a hospital stay, you will need to declare this.
A stay in hospital can affect your payment and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) need to be made aware.
You can do so following the same links as above.
If you do not have an online account, you can ring the Universal Credit helpline instead.
You will find the appropriate phone number on letters about your Universal Credit.