Cold Weather Payment Guide

What is the cold weather payment?

The cold weather payment is different to the winter fuel payment, in that it is a “payout” of sorts that only happens during extreme cold.

There has to be 7 consecutive days of temperatures forecast or recorded as below zero degrees Celsius.

This has to take place between November 1st and March 31st.

The payment is £25 per 7 consecutive days.


How do I qualify for the cold weather payment?

In order to be eligible for the cold weather payment, you must receive at least one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-Related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit

Upon successful application for payment, you will normally receive this within 14 days into the same bank account your benefits are paid into.


How do I get the cold weather payment?

You don’t need to apply, if you are eligible to receive the cold weather payment, this is automatically paid into your bank account.

However, if you haven’t received payment and you think that you qualify, you can contact the Job Centre or Pension Centre.

If you receive universal credit, you need to contact:

Universal Credit helpline
Telephone: 0800 328 9344
Textphone: 0800 328 1344
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm