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Cold Weather Payment

Cold Weather Payment is extra money for people receiving certain benefits, such as Pension Credit, when there's very cold weather.

How much is a Cold Weather Payment?

Cold Weather Payment is £25 a week for each 7-day period of cold weather. This only applies between 1 November and 31 March each year.

Am I eligible for the Cold Weather Payment?

The average temperature in your area needs to have been 0˚C or less for 7 days in a row.

You also need to be receiving certain benefits, such as:

Are you entitled to extra money?

Do you know what benefits you are entitled to? Our Benefits Calculator can help you, quickly and easily, to find out what you could be claiming.

How can I claim a Cold Weather Payment?

If you’re eligible for a Cold Weather Payment, you’ll be paid automatically after each 7-day period of cold weather. You should receive your payment within 14 working days.

If you think you should've received a Cold Weather Payment but didn't, you should contact your pension centre or Jobcentre Plus office.

If you receive Universal Credit, contact the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 9344.

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Last updated: Oct 05 2023

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