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
- 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.
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:
- Citizens Advice Newcastle give advice to anyone in Newcastle
- Newcastle Welfare Rights Service give advice to people in priority groups including those over 65. They have self help material on their website.
- Search Newcastle give benefits advice to older people in the West of Newcastle
- Find more about benefit advice services in Newcastle
Other Useful Information
- Gas and Electricity
- Help with heating problems
- Dealing with Debt
- The Warm Home Discount Scheme
- Energy Saving Tips
- Money Advice Service provides information on the full range of benefits that you may be entitled to.
- Payment Exception Service was introduced as cheques are no longer used to pay state benefits and Pension credit. Information Now has more details on the service available to those unable to use bank accounts.
Last updated: May 3, 2019