The Cold Weather Payment scheme provides low-income households with an automatic payment of £25 following periods of very cold weather.
Payments are triggered when the average temperature has been recorded as, or is forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below over seven consecutive days at the weather station linked to an eligible person’s postcode.
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Cold Weather Payments are due to eligible people who live in hundreds of UK postcodes
Minister for Pensions Paul Maynard said: “Cold Weather Payments provide much-needed support to households when colder weather kicks in, so that families reduce anxiety about bills.
"This is part of our wider plan to help those who need it the most, while our number one priority remains driving down inflation – and helping everyone’s money go further."
Payments should be made to eligible people's bank accounts automatically within 14 days of the trigger.
The money should appear in bank statements with the payment reference including their National Insurance number and the code "DWP CWP", for those in England and Wales.
Full list of Cold Weather Payment triggers this winter
The payments do not affect a person's other benefits.
The Government says people will get payments automatically if they're eligible and they don't need to apply, however, it may be a person does need to tell Jobcentre Plus if they have a baby or a child under five comes to live with them.
If a person thinks they should have got a Cold Weather Payment but haven't received it, they should tell the Pension Service or Jobcentre Plus. If they get Universal Credit, they are directed to sign into their online account and add a note to their journal, or ring the Universal Credit helpline.