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TOPIC: Cold weather payment

Cold weather payment 6 years 10 months ago #14576

  • devongirl
I get DLA, middle rate care, high rate mobility. The only other income I have is old style Incap Benefit, (I've been on this over 18 years)

Do I get any cold weather payments, I don't seem to have ever had any.

Thanks
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Re:Cold weather payment 6 years 10 months ago #14577

devongirl wrote:
I get DLA, middle rate care, high rate mobility. The only other income I have is old style Incap Benefit, (I've been on this over 18 years)

Do I get any cold weather payments, I don't seem to have ever had any.

Thanks

Hi,

Only recipients of 'mean tested' benefits (such as Income Support, Pension Credit etc) receive the Cold Weather Payment. Details of qualifying benefits etc are here:

www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits...tirement/DG_10018668

If you are over 60 you should receive the Winter Fuel payment. Details here:

www.direct.gov.uk/en/Pensionsandretireme...tirement/DG_10018657

The benefits you have posted about are not 'means tested' unfortunately so unless you are over 65 and receive the Winter fuel payment then you would not be eligible on the information given but click on the above links to ensure if you do/do not qualify.

Regards

Pete
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Last Edit: 6 years 10 months ago by pete17971.
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Re:Cold weather payment 6 years 10 months ago #14579

  • devongirl
Thanks for the swift answer.

I've never had a means tested benefit.

Unfortunately then I'm too young!
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Re:Cold weather payment 6 years 10 months ago #14586

  • vintage59
Having had my benefits cut because I failed my medical, i've been getting more and more worried about how to pay my electric bill, so decieded to turn off my heating a couple of weeks ago, although I only lasted a couple of days, we are now living, or should I say existing, in one room my bedroom! My 15yr old daughter and I eat, sleep and live in the only heated room, I thought because I was on DLA I would get a cold weather payment (i would be due 4 if entitled) as I have always recieved them but I found out that it was IS with a disability payment included which trigered them so I get nothing! Having been found capable for work because even though my lower half dosen't work very well but I can still use my hands, well I can't anymore because of the extreeme cold I now have damage to the nerves in my fingers which may be permanent! I'm so low at the moment, feel i'm falling into a deep depression, never thought that in 2010 I would be living like this.
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Re:Cold weather payment 6 years 10 months ago #14589

Until someone with a definitive answer can come along it may be useful if you can ascertain what are the benefits you are entitled to. You can do this by contacting your local CAB or local council welfare rights officer. You may qualify for help from the Community Legal Advice office which can direct you to someone in your area who specialises in benefits problems on 0845 345 4 345.

Also if you are having problems with your electricity bill it's advisable to let your energy provider know asap so they can accommodate you if possible.

With respect to failing your medical have you put in an appeal form? This must be done within 1 month of your decision notice.
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Re:Cold weather payment 6 years 10 months ago #14597

vintage59 wrote:
Having had my benefits cut because I failed my medical, i've been getting more and more worried about how to pay my electric bill, so decieded to turn off my heating a couple of weeks ago, although I only lasted a couple of days, we are now living, or should I say existing, in one room my bedroom! My 15yr old daughter and I eat, sleep and live in the only heated room, I thought because I was on DLA I would get a cold weather payment (i would be due 4 if entitled) as I have always recieved them but I found out that it was IS with a disability payment included which trigered them so I get nothing! Having been found capable for work because even though my lower half dosen't work very well but I can still use my hands, well I can't anymore because of the extreeme cold I now have damage to the nerves in my fingers which may be permanent! I'm so low at the moment, feel i'm falling into a deep depression, never thought that in 2010 I would be living like this.


Hi,

Sorry but I cannot add much more to what Gareth has said above.

Due to the complexities of means tested benefits, it would be more or less impossible to give individual advice without information being given which should not be posted on an open forum, thus you should try to get some face to face advice from a Welfare Rights Adviser to ensure you are receiving everything you are entitled to.

Also, as Gareth says, contact your supplier to let them know, also to see if you are on the best possible tariff to suit your needs.

Regards

Pete
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