Residents in Barrhead and Neilston could be quids in after plummeting temperatures triggered a cash boost.

Last week, wintry conditions hit the area as Storm Darcy wreaked havoc across the UK.

As a result addresses in the postcode G78 have qualified for the UK Government's Cold Weather Payment.

This is due to the mercury dipping below freezing for seven days between February 6 and February 12.

What is the Cold Weather Payment?

The Cold Weather Payment is a cash boost which helps with heating costs when the temperature is recorded as, or is forecast to be, colder than zero degrees Celsius across seven days in a row.

This payment will give you £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather between November 1 and March 31.

Am I eligible?

The Cold Weather Payment may be available to those on low incomes, and who are in receipt of certain benefits.

To be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment, you must receive one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit – if you are not employed or self-employed
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Support for Mortgage Interest

Additionally, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be in receipt of a disability or pension premium
  • Have a child under five living with you
  • Be in receipt of Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
  • Have a health condition or disability and have limited capability for work
  • Be in the work-related activity group or support group
  • Have a severe or enhanced disability premium.
  • Have a disabled child in the household – if you are receiving Universal Credit then you will receive a CWP where this applies, whether you are working or not