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    Cold Weather Payments

    Cold weather payments run from Nov 1st to Mar 31st. 0ºC for seven consecutive days entitles those eligible to £25 for each seven-day period

    Check eligibility here
    https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment/eligibility

    Check availability here
    https://coldweatherpayments.dwp.gov.uk

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    Thought it was an average of zero degrees C for 7 days . I have been awarded one payment between 27/12/20 & 03/01/21 and typically of the weather here today the temp has not risen above minus 1.5 . Therefore it’s distinctly possible we may get another from 04/01/21 & 11/01/21 . I live in Buxton ,Derbyshire where it feels like winter 10 or 11 months of the year

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    Thought it was an average of zero degrees C for 7 days .
    It's a bit more complicated; - it's benefits so of course it's made more complicated.

    The Met Office gives a recorded 'daily average' for each of 95 weather stations, and then averages those 7 averages to give a recorded weekly average.
    The Met Office also forecast a 'daily average' for the next seven days, and average those 7 forecast averages to give a forecast weekly average.

    (Mathmaticians everywhere will be shuddering at that methodology - The average of a set of averages is not the same as the overall average. It's known as Simpsons Paradox, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simpson's_paradox - not that it really matters here as forcasts aren't exaxtly scientifically accurate).


    If the recorded or forecast 7 day average temperature for a weather station is zero degrees celsius or below then that triggers a cold weather payment for the area linked to that weather station.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...are-determined

    If you want to know the 95 weather stations used, and the postcodes each one covers for benefit CWPs, they are listed in table 1 of this spreadsheet:
    https://assets.publishing.service.go...-2020-2021.ods

    We got one here last year. (They actually paid me it twice, once on it's own and then included again it with my ESA payment, shsssh).
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    Just to note that there have been some cold weather payments made in the last 3 weeks, see Tables 2 & 3 for when/where they were:
    https://assets.publishing.service.go...nuary-2021.ods
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    It all depends where you live.I live in the Central Region in Scotland (which is freezing ) they use the weather station in Edinburgh which is 40 miles aways not far but far enough, I think the Dss use the weather station in the Bahamas when its really cold. So it dont really matter what the temp is in your area its the weather station they use

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    Quote Originally Posted by StueyR View Post
    It all depends where you live.I live in the Central Region in Scotland (which is freezing ) they use the weather station in Edinburgh which is 40 miles aways not far but far enough, I think the Dss use the weather station in the Bahamas when its really cold. So it dont really matter what the temp is in your area its the weather station they use
    Have to agree with you that there is no logic as to where the DWP uses to measure the temperature. Again, I live 40 miles away from the location that the DWP uses to measure the temperature it uses to decide if I qualify for CWP.

    The DWP should take "the wind chill factor" into consideration too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbhxu View Post
    Have to agree with you that there is no logic as to where the DWP uses to measure the temperature.
    Yes there is a logic - but it's their logic to keep payments down.

    They use met office weather stations, and pick the one in each area that consistently gave the warmest temperatures over the last 10 or 20 years.

    For instance the one for our area is less than 1/2 a mile from the sea so is always 2 or 3 degrees warmer than just a couple of miles inland.

    If you are into weather stations then it's the second picture in this photo-blog, if you turn around from that what you would see is mountains a couple of miles away. (with patches of snow at the moment and looming clouds promising more snow today).
    You can see them in at least one of the later photos.
    The blog is worth a read to pass a bit of time on a Sunday. (PS. aren't those wind 'farms' ugly).
    http://www.loweswatercam.co.uk/16032...eswick_Bay.htm
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    Wll theres a surprise Seems we get another CWP This ones till the 13 Feb this is only the 8th so its paid in advance. How long before the payment comes through (after the 13th?)

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    ps they must be expecting it to be very cold

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    They will make them if it is "Forcast to be" cold enough to meet the criteria in your area.

    You can check if there is one due for your postcode here:
    https://coldweatherpayments.dwp.gov.uk/#
    The average temperature in your area must also be recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below for 7 consecutive days.
    They pay as soon as it is announced, you don't have to wait for the forcast date to arrive.

    If the forcast is wrong and it's actually warmer then they don't ask for it back.
    (In fact I've never heard of them asking for one back, even if it's paid in error).

    They usually make them pretty quickly once announced, so if that postcode check says that you are due one then check your bank balance.
    Last edited by nukecad; 09-02-21 at 07:45.
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