As the nights get longer and the temperatures drop you could be entitled to cash from the UK Government to help with your energy bills and keep your home warm.

Cold Weather Payments total £25 for each seven days of actual or forecast temperatures below freezing in your area between 1st November and 31st March.

If you receive Pension Credit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Support for Mortgage Interest then you may be eligible.

Baroness Stedman-Scott said: “Winter can be a difficult time for people, and our Cold Weather Payment will help you keep your home warm as temperatures drop.

“Payments are made automatically but if you think you might be eligible, you can check online to see if your area is due a payment and plan accordingly.”

Cold Weather Payments do not affect your other benefits.

You can use the online checker here to see if your area is due a payment: https://coldweatherpayments.dwp.gov.uk. If you are eligible but have not received your payment, then tell your pension centre or Jobcentre Plus office. If you’re getting Universal Credit, sign in to your account and add a note to your journal.

You can check here: https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment/eligibility and more information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment/how-to-claim.

UK Government Scotland Minister, Iain Stewart said: “Looking after our fellow citizens and protecting the vulnerable in our communities is more important than ever as we overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

“The UK Government is committed to helping those in need stay warm during a cold Scottish winter. We know the difference Cold Weather Payments make and I encourage people to check online to see if they’d be eligible to receive this additional UK Government support.”