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 Cold Weather Payment scheme runs from 1 November to 31 March. Check if you can get a payment in your area. You’ll get a payment of £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between these dates.

Am I eligible for Cold Weather Payment?

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 5 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 5 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 5 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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