You might be entitled to a Cold Weather Payment if you are in receipt of certain benefits. You will get a payment if the temperature in your area is recorded as (or forecast to be) zero degrees celsius or below for seven consecutive days.
The scheme runs from the 1st November 2015 until 31st March 2016. You’ll get a payment of £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather between these dates. The payments are separate to Winter Fuel Payments.
If you are eligible, you should get a payment within 14 days of the cold weather period. It will be paid into the same bank or building society account as the rest of your benefits. It won’t affect your other benefits.
You may get cold weather payments if you are in receipt of:
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
For income support and income-based Jobseeker’s allowance, you will usually get cold weather payments if you 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
Claiming your Cold Weather Payment
You don’t need to apply for a payment, if you are eligible to receive the payment you will get it automatically. You can use a tool on the Government website to see if Cold Weather payments are available in your area.
Tell Job Centre Plus if you get income support or income based Jobseeker’s allowance and you have a baby or a young child comes to live with you, otherwise you wouldn’t automatically get cold weather payments.