Am I entitled to a Cold Weather Payment?

A Cold Weather Payment is a government payout of £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment, first you need to check whether there has been a cold spell in your area. If there has, you need to fit the following criteria issued on the Gov.uk website.

Eligibility

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

  • Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit

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

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get income-related ESA and have any of the following:

  • 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 apply:

  • you get a limited capability for work amount (with or without a work-related activity amount)
  • you get the disabled child amount in your claim
  • you have a child under 5 living with you

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

How do I claim?

If you match all the criteria and you’re ready to claim your Cold Weather Payment, visit the Gov.uk “How to claim” page for more details.