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The Shropshire postcodes entitled to cold weather payments as temperatures hover around freezing

Certain Shropshire households will be able to claim extra money to help cover heating costs this winter.

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Temperatures in Shropshire, such as at Rushbury, have dipped below freezing this week. Photo: Peter Steggles

Cold weather payments are due to be handed out to low-income households when temperatures drop below freezing.

A weekly top-up of £25 will be automatically paid to certain postcodes across the UK – those that are receiving benefits will get the payment if the average temperature in their area is recorded as, or forecast to be, 0C or below over seven consecutive days.

Below is a list of postcodes that will receive the payments, as well information on when they will be sent, who gets it, how much it is, how to apply and what to do if a payment has not been sent.

How much is the cold weather payment?

Eligible households will receive £25 for every seven days that temperatures are below freezing – if temperatures are below freezing for 14 consecutive days, households will receive £50.

If temperatures are below freezing for six days or less, the payment will not be sent.

When will the payment be sent?

It will be paid when temperatures drop below freezing for seven consecutive days between November 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024.