Cold weather payments
You may be entitled to a cold weather payment paid by the DWP if you receive a qualifying benefit and the average temperature in the area where you live is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees or below for seven consecutive days.
The scheme runs from 1 November to 31 March and you could receive a payment of £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather.
To be eligible you must already receive one of the following benefits:
- Pension Credit
- Income Support or Income-based Jobseekers Allowance - with a disability premium, disabled child premium or a child under 5 years living with you
- Income-related Employment & Support Allowance - with a severe or enhanced disability premium, pensioner premium, a child who is disabled or child under 5 years living with you
- Universal Credit – and you are not employed or self-employed and have an amount paid for having limited capability for work, a disabled child or a child living with you under the age of 5 years.
- Universal Credit –working and have a disabled child amount included in your claim.
You do not need to claim this benefit, it should be paid automatically. If you do not receive your cold weather payment and believe that you should have, contact your pension centre or local Jobcentre Plus, or if you receive Universal Credit, contact the helpline on 0800 328 9344.