People on the lowest incomes in hundreds of affected postcode districts in England and Wales will receive a £25 Cold Weather Payment from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) due to the ongoing freezing conditions sweeping across the UK.
However, households in Scotland will not receive the payment, despite weather warnings of an 'Arctic maritime airmass' being extended into the weekend.
The Met Office has extended a yellow weather warning for snow and ice in parts of Scotland until 12pm on Sunday, but Scots on certain benefits or a low income will have to wait until February 2023 for a one-off payment of £50 from the Scottish Government to help with heating costs.
This is because Cold Weather Payments have now been replaced in Scotland by the new Winter Heating Payment. The devolved benefit will give around 400,000 households on a low income a guaranteed £50 payment towards their energy bills.The Cold Weather Payment, delivered by the DWP triggers a £25 payment only when temperatures are recorded or forecast at below zero degrees Celsius for seven consecutive days in their local area between November 1 and March 31.The new Winter Heating Payment will be administered by Social Security Scotland and provide a £50 payment every year, irrespective of the weather conditions.Last year there were 854,000 payments made to Cold Weather Payment recipients in Scotland totalling more than £21 million.The Scottish Government said that the new £50 payment will not affect any other benefits households are currently getting from DWP, including the Winter Fuel Payment, which includes a £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment.Households on these benefits should be eligible for the new payment:If you are struggling to heat your homeRead more on dailyrecord.co.uk