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Cold Weather Payments

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 225593, tabled on 25 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department’s policy is on taking into account the windchill factor when determining eligibility for cold weather payments.

Answered on

5 March 2019

Wind chill is the perception of external temperature rather than a measured air temperature. Cold Weather Payments are designed to contribute to the additional costs of heating homes in unseasonably cold weather. As wind chill relates to skin rather than buildings, no assessment has been made of the effect of taking wind chill into account for Cold Weather Payments.