Some people could be eligible for a government cold weather payment, to help with increased costs.

Eligibility criteria will apply to people in receipt of certain benefits. These include: pension credit; income support; income-based job seeker's allowance; income-related employment and support allowance; universal credit and support for mortgage interest.

A payment will be made if the average temperature in an area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over seven consecutive days.

£25 will be paid for each seven day period of very cold weather between November 1 and March 31.

Cold weather payments are different to winter fuel payments.

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