The cold weather in the last few days has triggered payments to welfare recipients in South Shropshire, Ludlow MP Philip Dunne has confirmed.
Cold Weather Payments are made from the Social Fund to certain recipients of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Pension Credit during periods of very cold weather. To “trigger” the £25 payments, the average temperature at a specified weather station must be recorded as, or forecast to be, 0°C or below for seven consecutive days. The scheme runs from 1 November to 31 March each year.
Eligible welfare recipients living in postcode areas SY5, SY6, TF11, TF12, TF13, TF7, TF8 will receive payments. Payments are made automatically to those entitled to them.
Mr Dunne said: “The recent cold weather across South Shropshire has been self-evident, with considerable snowfall and frost. These £25 payments from the government’s Social Fund are made automatically to eligible recipients, to help with some of the additional heating costs of a consecutive seven day period with an average temperature below 0°C.”