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?
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?
Where can I find more information?
- Age UK Information Guide: Winter Wrapped Up (PDF, 2 MB)
- Age UK information guide: More money in your pocket (PDF, 3 MB)
- Age UK factsheet: Help with heating costs (PDF, 488 KB)
- Age UK factsheet: Social Fund, Advances of Benefit and Local Welfare Provision (PDF, 195 KB)
- Warm Home Discount
- GOV.UK: Cold weather payments
- Met Office: Cold Weather alert
- DWP: Cold weather payment postcode checker
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.