State pension claimants can receive certain benefits in retirement on top of their monthly payments, which can include help with council tax bills and health benefits. For those on a low income, it may also be possible to receive cold weather payments.
Cold weather payments are awarded where the average temperature in an area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over seven consecutive days.
Where this occurs, an eligible recipient will get £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather between November 1 and March 31.
To be eligible for cold weather payments, people will need to be on certain benefits such as income support, Universal Credit or income-based jobseeker’s allowance.
Additionally, those on pension credit should be eligible.
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To be eligible for pension credit, a claimant must live in England, Scotland or Wales and have reached state pension age.
Currently, state pension age is 66 but it will be increasing to 68 over the coming years.
Claims for pension credit can be made online, over the phone or by post and they can be made up to four months before a person reaches their state pension age.
Pension credit recipients should automatically receive income from cold weather payments when they’re triggered in their area.
Where a cold weather payment is not received but a claimant feels it should have been, they should contact their pension centre or Jobcentre Plus office.
It should also be noted pension credit claimants will need to report certain changes in circumstances to the Government.
Some changes may halt pension credit payments and as such, could make people ineligible for cold weather payments.
A change in personal circumstances can include starting or stopping work, going into hospital or moving house and more.
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