This is how to find out if your Sheffield postcode is entitled to a Cold Weather Payment

Snow in Sheffield - Andrew Roe
Snow in Sheffield - Andrew Roe
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Cold weather payments have kicked in across large parts of Sheffield after the 'Beast from the East' hit.

The Government's cold weather payment scheme runs each year from November 1 to March 31.

Payments are triggered by data collected by the Met Office from 94 weather stations around Britain.

A sum of £25 is automatically paid to eligible people in every area where a weather station shows the average temperature has dropped, or is forecast to drop, to zero degrees Celsius or below for seven days in a row.

Under the scheme, payments go to older people in receipt of Pension Credit, along with disabled adults, families with a disabled child or families with a child under five who are in receipt of one of the following benefits: income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support or Universal Credit.

The money is paid to the recipient within 14 days and residents don't have to apply for the payments.

The forecast is expected to remain freezing across Sheffield until at least Saturday with a yellow warning of snow in place until then.

Anyone who believes they should have received a payment but hasn’t is advised to alert their pension centre or Jobcentre Plus.

Plunging temperatures have already triggered the highest amount ofcold weather payments so far this winter.

Some £20.3 million is estimated to have been paid out by the Government in the seven days to February 23.

It beats the previous high of £16.4 million in the week ending December 15.

With freezing conditions forecast to continue across the country until at least Saturday, the total for 2017/18 is likely to rise even higher.

Residents have until March 31 to claim for winter 2017 to 2018.

The universal credit helpline on 0800 328 9344 can also be used.

Check if a Cold Weather payment is due in your area by visiting coldweatherpayments.dwp.gov.uk.