Over the last few months, I have been researching welfare benefits entitlements in the UK. (You can see all my earlier posts by clicking on “Welfare Benefits” in the TAG CLOUD).
This is the third section which covers the weather payments.
This is paid for as part of the State Pension system and therefore everyone should receive it automatically. Unless they have deferred receiving their pension, in which case they have to apply for it separately. It is awarded per household, not per person. There is a higher level for people over the age of 80.
This is not as simple as the last benefit, but it is paid automatically as an addition to the State Pension. You do not have to apply for it. You only receive it if there are 7 consequtive days where the temperature falls below zero during the winter period in the location that you live.
You should be able to get a £140 reduction in your fuel bills from your fuel supplier. This isn’t part of the benefits system, but it is a reduction negotiated between the Government and the fuel suppliers (gas and electric). It is means tested and you have to take the initiative to speak to your supplier to get it.
I’m not sure how many people are aware of this or how many actually receive it?
FOOTNOTE – Please note, I hasten to add that I am no expert and anyone reading this should not take my observations or figures as fact. Hopefully before I finish this series of blogs, I will have raised awareness of some of the issues in the welfare benefits system. If you’re intending to make a claim, you should go to one of the trusted agencies like Age UK or Citizens Advice Bureau.