Wales’ lowest-income residents will be given a£ 25 cold weather payment as the temperature drops.
For eligible households in regions where it has been predicted that the average temperature will be 0C or below over the course of seven days, payments from the UK government have been started.
Over the next few days, the Met Office will issue several yellow weather warnings for snow and ice in some areas of Wales.
Wintry showers and icy patches are likely to create dangerous conditions as the cold snap is anticipated to last into Saturday.
Within 14 days of the trigger, the£ 25 bank top-up will be available in the bank accounts of eligible individuals.
Up to 45% of Welsh homes may now be fuel-poor, according to annual fuel poverty data released by the Welsh government.
National Energy Action’s CEO, Adam Scorer, stated that “those at greatest peril” needed more assistance.
Millions will struggle to stay warm and safe at home due to impossibly high prices and the current cold weather, according to Mr. Scorer.
People who are compelled to turn off their heating when they most need it are reported to us on a daily basis.
“Either a huge debt load or an unheated home is the vicious choice, with terrible repercussions.”We can now begin to predict how miserable this winter will be.
The cold weather payments may be available to those who qualify for pension credit, income support, a jobseeker’s allowance based on income, an allowance for employment and support related to income.
These additional payments, according to a Department of Work and Pensions spokesman, “provide support every year to help people experiencing the coldest weather.”
People who experience unusually cold weather can receive additional reassurance over the colder months by triggering Cold weather payments all the way through to the end of March.
Drivers should be ready for dangerous conditions and bring a blanket and fully charged phone in case of breakdown, the RAC has advised.
Rod Dennis, a RAC spokesman, said: “After an exceptionally mild autumn, many drivers might be surprised by the cold this week.”
“Our recommendation is to be winter-ready. Make sure your tires are properly inflated, have good tread, and, if necessary, top off your oil, coolant, or screen wash levels.
Benefits that qualify for a£ 50 winter heating payment
The new payment should be available to households receiving these benefits:
- Credit for all
- Credit for a pension
- Support for income
- Jobseekers Allowance Based on Income
- Employment and support allowance related to income
- Mortgage Interest Support
Assistance with wintertime living expenses and heating costs
To find out what assistance is available if you are having trouble heating your home in the colder weather, get in touch with your energy provider.
The Scottish Government received£ 79 million from the UK Government’s Household support Fund earlier this year, and many local councils are offering additional assistance specifically for heating costs. To find out if you qualify for any additional financial assistance, get in touch with your local government.
Your local council’s website and contact information can be found here.
Due to the ongoing freezing conditions, National Energy Action has urged the UK government to offer more assistance to “those at greatest peril.”
Millions will have been dreading the arrival of winter, according to National Energy Action CEO Adam Scorer. Millions will struggle to stay warm and safe at home due to impossibly high prices and the current cold weather.
After energy prices nearly doubled in a year, our statistics reveal that 6.7 million UK households lack access to fuel, and we frequently hear from people who are compelled to turn off their heating when they most need it.
“Either a huge debt load or an unheated home is the vicious choice, with terrible repercussions.” We can now begin to predict how miserable this winter will be.