As Christmas draws ever nearer and the temperature plummets Brits will be noticing the need for jumpers and scarves.

Many will have debated sticking the heating back on as swathes of the country experience cold snaps.

As winter looms some struggling families will be worried about the cost of staying warm, on top of providing food and paying rent or the mortgage.

The Department for Work and Pensions may be able to help if that is the case, as they offer Cold Weather Payments for those in desperate need.

You may well be eligible for the help if you’re already receiving state funded help.

Brits who claim Income Support, income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Support for Mortgage Interest all qualify for the payment.

Universal Credit claimants must also have a child under the age of five to benefit or either have a health condition or disability which limits their capacity for work.

Income Support and Jobseekers claimants must also have a disability or pensioner premium, a child who is under 5 or has a disability, or be receiving child tax credit that includes a disability element.

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And those who are on Pension Credit, ESA and Support for Mortgage Interest will traditionally be offered the additional money if they live in an area that falls under the entitlement and they have similar circumstances including a young or disabled child.

According to the government’s website, you’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get pension credit too.

You can check whether you are eligible for the payment on the government's website.

In order to be eligible for these payments, the average temperature in your area must be either recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees or colder for seven days in a row.

Those who qualify will be entitled to the DWP's Cold Weather Payments between November 2020 and March 2021, which includes £25 for every week where the weather is extremely cold.

The Cold Weather Payments start from Sunday, November 1 and does not impact any other benefits.

Therefore you can claim this additional support without worrying that it will impact any other benefits that you receive.

You do not need to apply for the payment – If you’re eligible you’ll be paid it automatically.

The government has stated £27million in total was paid out in the 2018/19 year.

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