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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?

You get £25 a week for each 7 day period of cold weather. This only applies between 1 November and 31 March each year.

Cold weather is defined by the Met Office as being when the average temperature has been‚ or is expected to be‚ 0°C or below for 7 days in a row. The Met Office use specific weather stations that forecast and record temperatures.

Am I eligible for the Cold Weather Payment?

The average temperature in your area needs to have been 0˚C or less for seven consecutive days. You can check your area’s temperature by using the DWP’s cold weather payment postcode checker. You also need to be receiving certain benefits, such as Pension Credit or certain other benefits.

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.

Contact your pension centre or Jobcentre Plus office if you think you should have received a Cold Weather Payment but didn't. If you receive Universal Credit, contact the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 9344.

What should I do next?

For more information call the Age UK Advice Line on 0800 678 1602.
We’re open 8am to 7pm, every day of the year.

What extra money are you entitled to?

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.

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Last updated: Apr 20 2021

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