The Government Has Spent Over 700 Million Pounds On Cold Weather Payments
- 25 Nov
According to new figures, the government has spent over £706 million since 2010 with 28 million Cold Weather Payments during the winter.
Housing News reports that Cold Weather Payments are made for each 7-day period of very cold weather - if temperatures are recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.
As winter kicks off, new figures reveal that the government has spent more than 706 million Pounds since 2010 with 28 million Cold Weather Payments aiding those most in need keep warm during the freezing winter period.
Payments are made automatically to those who qualify such as poorer pensioners, disabled adults and children, and families with children under 5 who receive an income-related benefit.
Department for Work and Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:
"We are absolutely committed to helping the poorest pensioners and those most susceptible to the cold. We permanently increased Cold Weather Payments to £25 a week to help them heat their homes when it's really cold, and have paid out over £706m since 2010 on this support.
"People who get Pension Credit are automatically paid Cold Weather Payments, and in the cold winter days ahead it's even more important that older people check if they are entitled so they don't miss out on Cold Weather Payments."
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