Pete Wishart, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire, has highlighted the fact that Cold Weather Payments have triggered for some parts of his constituency in recent weeks and urged constituents to ensure that everyone who is entitled to a payment, receives it, saying:
“Despite torrential rainfall and high winds, this winter has - so far – been relatively mild in terms of temperature but that appears to be changing with cold weather payments having been triggered at two of the weather stations serving my constituency since the turn of the year.
“Temperatures are measured by 93 Met Office weather stations across Great Britain and Perth & North Perthshire is served by the stations at Braemar, Leuchars, Strathallan and Tulloch Bridge.
“Braemar – which covers postcode areas PH10, PH11 and PH18 – triggered payments for the period 6 to 12 January and Tulloch Bridge – which includes FK21, PH15, PH16, PH17, PH33, PH8 and PH9 - triggered payments for the period 9 to 15 January.
“Cold Weather Payments of £25 per week are made by to people on certain benefits. The payment should be made automatically when the temperature in their area falls below freezing for an average of 7 days but if anyone thinks they themselves or someone they know are entitled but has not receive a payment they should contact the DWP directly.”