Social Fund Cold Weather Payment: summary statistics, 15 March 2013
Report providing detail of areas where the payment was authorised between 1 November 2012 and 15 March 2013.
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There were 10 triggers at weather stations between 15 March 2013 and 152,800 payments were authorised in this period.
140 triggers have been recorded in the 2012/13 season.
Cold Weather Payments help people to meet their additional heating costs during periods of extreme cold.
Payments are made to those most vulnerable to the cold ie older people receiving Pension Credit, disabled adults and children, and families with children under 5 that are receiving an income- related benefit.
Payment is made automatically when the average temperature at the weather station linked to an eligible customer’s postcode has been recorded as, or is forecast to be, 0 degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days. There are 92 weather stations used in the Cold Weather Payment scheme for 2012 to 2013.
The rate of payment is £25 for each 7-day day period of very cold weather.