Official Statistics

Social Fund Cold Weather Payment: end-of-year report 2012/13

Report providing some detail of areas where the payment was authorised in the winter of 2012/13.

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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 who 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.

The payment scheme runs from 1 November to 31 March each year.

There were 92 weather stations used in the Cold Weather Payment scheme for 2012/13.

The rate of payment is £25 for each 7-day period of very cold weather. There is no requirement to claim the payment.

All figures in this report come from departmental records and cover Great Britain, unless stated otherwise.