Freezing temperatures have triggered cold weather payments to people in more than 300 postcode areas in England and Wales.
People on the lowest incomes in affected postcode districts will receive a £25 payment from the government.
The payment process is triggered when the average temperature in an area is recorded as, or forecast to be, 0C or less for seven consecutive days.
It comes after the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) issued a Level 3 cold weather alert for England - warning of potential “serious consequences for health” - and forecasters said on Friday the UK will see at least seven days of arctic weather with wintry downpours and “freezing fog”.
Here, Yahoo News UK sets out who can currently receive the £25 payment.
How to find out if you're eligible for a cold weather payment
First, people in England and Wales are eligible if they claim certain benefits, including Pension Credit; Income Support; income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; income-related Employment and Support Allowance; Universal Credit; or Support for Mortgage Interest.
They don’t need to apply as the money is automatically paid into the same account in which they receive their benefits. The government says this payment should be made within 14 days following the seven-day period of freezing weather.
Second, the payments only apply to certain postcodes which have suffered the freezing weather. This can be verified on the government’s cold weather payment postcode checker (a full list of the currently-affected postcodes can also be found at the bottom of this article).
The scheme has been available for each seven-day period of freezing weather since 1 November, and runs until 31 March next year.
In Scotland, a different scheme, called the winter heating payment, is used. It means a £50 payment is given to anyone who claims the benefits listed above, but regardless of the weather conditions where they live.
The payments will be made in February next year. As with the scheme in England and Wales, people do not need to apply as the payments will be made automatically.
Richard Neudegg, a spokesperson for Uswitch.com, said: “Cold weather payments help many vulnerable households, including older people and disabled families, to keep the heating on when they might not be able to afford it.
“Nearly £100m was paid out in 2020-21, and higher bills this winter mean the payments are more valuable than ever this year.”
Postcodes in England and Wales where cold weather payments apply
Redesdale - CA9, DH8, NE19, NE47-49
Shap - CA10-12, CA16-17, LA8-10, LA21-23
Yeovilton - BA4-10, BA16, BA20-22, BS25-28, DT9-10, SP8, TA1-20, TA23
Benson - HP5-23, HP27, OX9,OX10,OX33, OX39,OX44, OX49, RG9, SL7-9
Bingley - BB4, BB8-12, BB18, BD1-22, HD3, HD7-9, HX1-7, LS21, LS29, OL13-14, S36
Exeter Airport - EX1-12, EX24, TQ1-6, TQ9, TQ12, TQ14
Libanus - NP4, NP11-13, NP22-24, NP44, SA9
Rochdale - L0-9, M24, M26, OL1-12, OL15-16,SK15
Rostherne - CW4, CW6-11, M1-9, M11-23, M25, M27-35, M38, M40-41, M43-46, M50, M90, PR7, SK1-12, SK14, SK16, WA1-16, WN1-8
Trawsgoed - LL35-40, SY20, SY23-25
Albemarie - DH1-7, DH9, DL4-5, DL14-17, NE1-13, NE15-18, NE20-21, NE23, NE25-46, SR1-7, TS21, TS28-29
Almondsbury - BS1-11, BS13-16, BS20-24, BS29-32, BS34-37, BS39-41, BS48-49, GL11-13, NP16, NP26
Bainbridge - BD23-24, DL8, DL11-13
Carlisle - CA1-8, DG12, DG16
Coleshill - B1-21, B23-38, B40, B42-50, B60-80, B90-98, CV1-12, CV21-23, CV31-35, CV3 CV47, DY1-14, LE10, WS1-15, WV1-16
Hereford - GL1-6, GL10, GL14-20, GL50-53, HR1-9, NP7-8, NP15, NP25, SY8, WR1-11, WR13-15
Keele - CW1-3, CW5, CW 12, ST1-8, ST11-12, ST14-21
Leek Thorncliffe - DE4, DE45, S32-33, SK13, SK17, SK22-23, ST9-10, ST13
Little Rissington - CV36, GL54-56, OX7, OX15-17, WR12
Llysdinam - LD1-2, LD4-8, SA19-20, SY7, SY9, SY18
Pembury Sands - SA1-8, SA14-18, SA31-34, SA61-63, SA66-73
Shawbury - SY1-6, SY11-13, TF1-13
Stonyhurst - BB1-3, BB5-7, LA2, LA6-7, PR6
Stowe - NN1-7 NN11-13, MK18
Walney Island - LA1, LA3-5, LA11-20
Westonbirt - BA1-3, BA11, BA13-15, GL7-9, RG17, SN1-6, SN8-16, SN25-26
Woburn - MK1-17, MK19, MK40-46, NN8-10, NN29, PE19, SG5-7, SG15-19
Boscombe Down -BA12, RG28, SO20-23,SP1-5, SP7, SP9-11
Bramham - HG1 – 5, LS1-20, LS22-28, YO1, YO8, YO10, YO19, YO23-24, YO26, YO30-32, YO41-43, YO51, YO60-61
Brize Norton - OX1-6, OX8, OX11-14, OX18, OX20, OX25-29, SN7
Charlwood - BN5-6, BN44, GU5-6, ME6, ME14-20, RH1-20, TN1-20, TN22, TN27
Fylingdales - YO13, YO18, YO21-22, YO62
Hawarden Airport - CH1-8, LL11-14, SY14
Hurn - BH1-25, BH31, DT1-2, DT11, SP6
Lake Vrnwy - LL20-21, LL23, SY10, SY15-17, SY19, SY21-22
Leeming - DL1-DL3, DL6,DL7, DL9, DL10, TS9, S16 YO7
Marham - CB6-7, IP24-28, PE12-14, PE30-38
Nottingham - CV13, DE1-3, DE5-7, DE11-15, DE21-24, DE55-56, DE65, DE72-75, LE1-9, LE11-14, LE16-19, LE65, LE67, NG1-22, NG25, NG31-34
Odiham - GU1-4, GU7-35, GU46-47, GU51-52, RG1-2, RG4-8, RG10, RG12, RG14, RG18-27, RG29-31, RG40-42, RG45, SL1-2, SL4-6, SO24
Rothamsted - AL1-10, EN6, HP1-4, LU1-7, SG1-4, SG12-14, WD3-7, WD17-19, WD23-25