Information Now

Cold Weather Payments

Cold Weather Payments are made to help people keep warm during extended cold spells of weather. The scheme runs between 1 November and 31 March each year.

Cold Weather Payments are triggered when an average temperature of zero degrees Celcius or below for seven or more consecutive days is recorded or forecast.

If you are eligible you’ll get a payment of £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March. You don’t need to apply.

For more information, visit gov.uk.


Am I eligible for a Cold Weather Payment?

You may receive Cold Weather Payments if you are getting:

  • Pension Credit

The following benefits with extra conditions such as having a disabled child:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit

Cold weather payments won’t affect your other benefits. Visit gov.uk to check if you’re eligible.


How do I apply for a cold weather payment?

You do not need to apply for these payments. If you are entitled to them they should be paid automatically into the same account as your benefit payments. You should check.

See if a payment has been triggered in your area.


Where can I get benefits advice?

You can get benefits advice from a local independent service. They can help guide you through the application process and explain how some benefits may impact upon another:

It can be useful to speak with someone about the benefits you may be entitled to and how they may impact upon your other benefits. A local independent advice service can help guide you through the process such as;


Other Useful Information

Last updated: June 7, 2019

Send us a comment about this page

Before you go, please help us

    We will use this information to help improve InformationNOW. See our privacy policy for more details*