Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the news that pensioners and the most vulnerable in Flintshire will get a £25 cold weather payment.
As the cold snap continues in Delyn, thousands of vulnerable people and pensioners will receive the payment which was trebled by the Government last year from £8.50 to £25 a week, is paid out every time the average temperature at a weather station falls, or is forecast to fall, to 0ºC or below for seven consecutive days.
You may be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment for each week of very cold weather in your area if you get Pension Credit or income-related Employment and Support Allowance with a support or work related activity component in the main phase.
You may also be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment for each qualifying week if you are getting Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance in the assessment phase and have one of the following:
· a pensioner premium, higher pensioner premium or enhanced pensioner premium
· a disability premium, enhanced disability premium or severe disability premium
· a disabled child premium
· Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
· a child who is under five in the family
You don’t need to apply; you’ll get a Cold Weather Payment automatically as long as you qualify.
David Hanson said:
“I am pleased that so far the Met Office has indicated that people eligible in Delyn will receive a cold weather payment.
“When the temperature goes down people need the extra cash boost to keep the heating on during this bitterly cold snap.
“With the winter fuel payments staying at the increased rate again this year, local pensioners in particular will benefit from these extra payments.
“If you are eligible, you will not have to claim as the money will be paid automatically.”