Cold Weather Payment

You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re receiving certain benefits, including:

  • Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit


Payments are made when your local temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over seven consecutive days.You’ll get a payment of £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather between 1st November and 31st March each year.


If you’re eligible to get a Cold Winter Payment, you’ll be paid it automatically so you don’t need to apply.


If you get Income Support, Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance, you’ll need to tell JobCentre Plus if:

  • You’ve had a baby
  • Or a child under five has come to live with you


If you don’t tell JobCentre Plus this information, then you won’t automatically receive any Cold Weather Payments that you’re entitled to


If don’t receive Cold Weather Payments and you think you’re eligible for them, then you should speak with:

  • Your pension centre
  • Or JobCentre Plus office