You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits.

You’ll get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below for 7 consecutive days.

The 2016 to 2017 Cold Weather Payment scheme is due to start on 1 November 2016. You’ll be able to check if your area is due a payment in November 2016.

You’ll get a payment of £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November 2016 and 31 March 2017.

Cold Weather Payment eligibility

You may get Cold Weather Payments if you’re getting:

Pension Credit

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Pension Credit.

Income Support and income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and have any of the following:
  • A disability or pensioner premium.
  • A child who is disabled.
  • Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element.
  • A child under five living with you.

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get income-related ESA and have any of the following:
  • The support or work-related component of ESA.
  • A severe or enhanced disability premium.
  • A pensioner premium.
  • A child who is disabled.
  • Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element.
  • A child under five living with you.

Universal Credit

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Universal Credit, you’re not employed or self-employed and one of the following applies:
  • You get a limited capability for work element, with or without a work-related activity element.
  • You get the disabled child element in your claim.
  • You have a child under five living with you.

You’ll also be eligible if you have a disabled child element in your claim, whether you are employed or not.

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