Vulnerable people in Pendle are being urged to take advantage of a second cold-weather payment.

The £25 boost, confirmed by the government on Friday because temperatures remained so low, follows an initial payment sent to households two weeks ago. Weekly payments of £25 will continue to be made until temperatures rise.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “I was delighted that the government agreed to permanently increase the value of cold-weather payments from £8.50 to £25 per week, and the £50 paid out to every eligible household during the current cold snap will be a big help. These extra payments will help to make sure that some of the most vulnerable people in our community are not forced to choose between heating and eating during this cold spell.”

People are eligible if they, or their partner, receives income support, jobseeker’s allowance or employment and support allowance, or have a child aged under five living with them.

It is also open to those in receipt of a pensioner, severe disability or disabled child premium, people entitled to child tax credit for a disabled child, or those receiving pension credit.