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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.

Am I eligible for the Cold Weather Payment?

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

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

  • Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Support for Mortgage Interest.

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 have 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.

What should I do next?

Want more information?

we know it can be particularly hard to make ends meet over the colder months. We have more information on how to stay warm and keep up with the cost.

Find out if you're entitled to a Warm Home Discount

Download our Winter wrapped up guide 

Download our Help with heating costs factsheet

Download our Social Fund, Advances of Benefit and Local Welfare Provision factsheet

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: May 04 2022

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