Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the fact that some Flintshire residents are now due a cold weather payment.
David Hanson said:
â€œThe cold snap we have just been experiencing has triggered a new round of cold weather payments for some people living with the postcodes CH6, CH7 CH8.
â€œCold Weather Payments are made from the Social Fund to certain recipients of Income Support, income-based Jobseekerâ€™s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit during periods of very cold weather.
â€œTo â€˜triggerâ€™ the payments, the average temperature at a specified weather station must be recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees or below for seven consecutive days. The scheme runs from 1 November to 31 March each winter.
â€œThe payment is a fixed amount for each week of cold weather. Labour Government increased the rate to Â£25 a week.
â€œPayments are made automatically to those entitled to them. There should be no need to make a claim, but people who think they may be entitled but do not receive a payment should contact the Pension, Disability and Carers Service, or Jobcentre Plus.â€