Cold weather payments – who is eligible for the £25 boost and how do I apply?

HARD-UP households can get £25 towards the cost of energy bills during long-periods of freezing weather.
Depending on where you live, you can get the money paid directly into your bank account within 14 days.


Households can get £25 as a cold weather payment if temperatures drop for a prolonged periodCredit: Michael Traill

The free cash, known as the cold weather payment, comes from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
It is designed to help people on low incomes with their energy bills when temperatures plummet.
People tend to use more energy when temperatures drop as they need to turn their heating up.
Under the scheme, which runs between November 1 and March 31, households can get £25 during each seven days of low temperatures.

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You don’t have to apply for payments, as they are made automatically if you qualify.
You might be due multiple payouts if the cold weather continues beyond seven days too.
Some areas have been paid as much as £75 in previous years.
Here’s a list of the 149 postcodes eligible for cold weather payments since Friday, January, 20.

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January 20

Bolton – BL0-9
Brighton – BN5-6, BN44
Carlisle – CA1-8
Dumfries and Galloway – DG12, DG16
Guildford – GU5-6
Llandrindod Wells – LD1-2, LD4-8
Manchester – M24, M26
Oldham – OL1-12, OL15-16
Redhill – RH1-20
Rochester – ME6, ME14-20
Shrewsbury – SY7, SY9, SY18
Stockport – SK15
Swansea – SA19-20
Tunbridge Wells – TN1-20, TN22, TN27

January 21

Cambridge – CB8-9
Colchester – CO1-8, CO16
Ipswich – IP1-23, IP29-33

Prio to this, thousands became eligible for up to three payments worth £75 after hundreds more postcodes were triggered between November 28 and January 13:

November 28

Blackburn – BB4, BB8-12, BB18
Bolton – BL0-9
Bradford – BD1-24
Carlisle – CA1-12, CA16-CA17
Cleveland – TS21, TS28-29
Crewe – CW4, CW6-11
Darlington – DL4-5, DL8, DL11-17
Dumfries and Galloway – DG16
Durham – DH1-9
Halifax – HX1-7
Huddersfield – HD3, HD7-9
Lancaster – LA8-LA10, LA21-LA23
Leeds – LS21, LS29
Manchester – M1-9, M11-35, M38, M4-46, M50, M90
Newcastle upon Tyne – NE1-13, NE15-21, NE23, NE25-49
Oldham – OL1-16
Preston – PR7
Sheffield – S36
Shrewsbury – SY1-6, SY11-13
Stockport – SK1-12, SK14-16
Sunderland – SR1-7
Telford – TF1-13
Warrington – WA1-16
Wigan – WN1-8
Yorkshire – YO13, YO18, YO21-22, YO62

December 5

Newcastle upon Tyne – NE71
Galashiels – TD9, TD12, TD15
Derby – DE4, DE45
Sheffield – S32-33
Stockport – SK13, SK17, SK22-23
Stoke-on-Trent – ST9, ST10, ST13

December 8

Carlisle – CA10-12, CA16-17
Lancaster – LA8-10, LA21-23

January 12

Carlisle – CA9-12, CA16-17
Durham – DH8
Newcastle – NE19, NE47-49
Lancaster – LA8-10, LA21-23

January 13

Blackburn – BB4, BB8-12, BB18
Bradford – BD23-24
Cambridge – CB6-7
Cardiff – CF37-48, CF81-83
Cleveland – TS21, TS28-29
Darlington – DL4-5, DL8, DL11-17
Derby – DE4, DE45
Durham – DH1-9
Galashiels – TD12, TD15
Halifax – HX1-7
Hemel Hempstead – HP5-23, HP27
Huddersfield – HD3, HD7-9
Ipswich – IP24-28
Leeds – LS21, LS29
Llandrindod Wells – LD4
Newcastle – NE1-13, NE15-18, NE20-21, NE23, NE25-46, NE71
Newport – NP4, NP11, NP12, NP13, NP22-24, NP44
Oldham – OL13-14
Oxford – OX9-10, OX33, OX39, OX44, OX49
Peterborough – PE12-14, PE30-38
Reading – RG9
Sheffield – S32-33, S36
Slough – SL7-9
Stockport – SK13, SK17, SK22-23
Stoke-on-Trent – ST9-10, ST13
Sunderland – SR1-7
Swansea – SA9
York – YO13, YO18, YO21, YO22, YO62

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