Universal Credit payments can cover important day-to-day costs for households either on a low income, or for people who are not currently in employment. Understanding the payment and how much will be received each month is key to many Britons in receipt of Universal Credit. This is because it can often help individuals to carefully budget and ensure they are being financially efficient.
But with costs rising due to the price of keeping warm this winter, Cold Weather Payments are now being issued to eligible people.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) first announced payments had been triggered shortly before the end of 2020.
However, the government has now updated its list, meaning many more could be entitled to receive a £25 boost.
Cold Weather Payments are issued when the average temperature in a specific area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below across seven consecutive days.
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The £25 sum is paid directly into a person’s bank account if they are eligible, and so there is no need to worry about administrative actions.
Universal Credit claimants, though, are not the only individuals who may be able to unlock a payment, and others could receive the boost if claiming:
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support for Mortgage Interest
However, for individuals to find out if their area is eligible, there is a simple way in which to do so.
The DWP has offered assistance through its postcode checker tool, available on its website.
Britons are prompted to enter the first part of their postcode to see if a payment has been triggered in their area.
For example, if a person’s postcode is LS1 1AG, then they should only enter LS1 into the checker tool.
Entering AB37, then, will show two payments have been triggered in two separate periods, meaning those living here could receive £50 thus far.
But there is also an updated list which has been released by the DWP to provide additional information to those who could be affected.
The DWP shared the list with Express.co.uk, showing the full list of postcodes where triggers have occurred.
Cold Weather Payments: Full list of 2020 to 2021 triggered postcodes
- IV40-49, IV51-56,
- PH36, PH38-41.
- AB30-34, AB38, AB51-55,
- PA33, PA36, PA40,
- PH8-9, PH15-17, PH30-35, PH37, PH49-50.
- BB4, BB8-12, BB18,
- HD3, HD7-9,
- LS21, LS29,
- EH1-42, EH47-49, EH51-55,
- FK1-7, FK9-10,
- KY3, KY11-12.
- DE4, DE45,
- SK13, SK17, SK22-23,
- ST9-10, ST13.
- OX7, OX15-17,
- CW4, CW6-11,
- M1-9, M11-23, M25, M27-35, M38, M40-41, M43-46, M50, M90,
- SK1-12, SK14, SK16,
- BB1-3, BB5-7,
- LA2, LA6-7,
- AB30-34, AB38, AB51-55,
- IV4, IV6, IV7, IV14- IV16, IV23-24, IV63.