The cold weather payment could help you pay for your heating in the cold weather.
The cold weather payment is made if the temperature drops below zero degrees Celsius for one consecutive week.
If you qualify you receive £25 for each week of cold weather between the 1 November and 31 March (2013-2014 season).
Do you qualify?
The cold weather grants may be available to you if you currently receive benefits.
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance - Only available to those who also receive a disability or pensioner premium, child tax credits, or who have a child under 5 or a disabled child
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) - You will usually get cold weather payments if you also have a support of work-related ESA, a severe or enhanced disability premium, pensioner premium, child tax credits, or a child under 5 or a disabled child.
- Universal Credit — only if you're not employed and you receive a limiited capability for work element, or you have a disabled child or child under 5 in your home
To see if your area is set to receive the cold weather payment, you can use the government’s cold weather payment tool starting 1 Novmeber.
It’s also worth noting that eligibility is based on income, not savings. The cold weather payment will not impact on any other benefits you receive, and you don’t need to repay it.
How to claim
You don’t need to! The cold weather payment will be paid automatically to your account registered for benefits payments.
Not what you were looking for?
There are a range of other benefits that you may be eligible for that shouldn’t be confused with the cold weather payment.
The winter fuel payment is a yearly one-off payment that you may be eligible for over winter, but it is not related to temperature. It is entirely separate from the cold weather payment.
You may also be entitled to financial assistance through the Warm Front scheme. To learn more about this and other energy efficiency grants that you may be entitled to see our dedicated guide.
You may also be entitled to the warm home discount.