Here’s how to find out if you’re eligible for Cold Weather Payments

Here’s how to find out if you’re eligible for Cold Weather Payments
If you’re receiving certain benefits then you may be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment (Photo: Shutterstock)

With temperatures continuing to drop, heating your house may land you with some expensive energy bills.

But if you’re receiving certain benefits or support for mortgage interest, then you may be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment.

Who is eligible?

You should be able to claim Cold Weather Payments if you receive any of the following:

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

Income Support and income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and have any of the following:

  • A disability or pensioner premium
  • A child who is disabled
  • Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
  • A child under five living with you

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get income-related ESA and are in a work-related activity group or support group.

Applications for the scheme open on 15 October (Photo: Shutterstock)
If you’re worried about paying your heating bills during cold weather, you may be able to get some help (Photo: Shutterstock)

If you’re not in either of these groups, you might also get Cold Weather Payments if you have any of the following:

  • A severe or enhanced disability premium
  • A pensioner premium
  • A child who is disabled
  • Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
  • A child under 5 living with you

Universal Credit

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Universal Credit and you’re not employed or self-employed. One of the following must also apply:

  • You have a health condition or disability and have limited capability for work (with or without work-related activity)
  • You have a child under five living with you

You’ll also be eligible if you have a disabled child amount in your claim, whether you’re employed or not.

How much money will I receive?

If you are eligible, you will received a Cold Weather Payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below for seven consecutive days.

The Cold Weather Payment scheme runs until 31 March 2019, and you’ll get £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather between these dates.

After each cold spell, you should be granted a payment within 14 working days. The money will be paid into the same bank or building society account as your benefit payments.

How can I claim?

You do not need to apply in order to claim. If you are eligible to get a Cold Weather Payment, you will be paid it automatically.

Tell your pension centre or Jobcentre Plus office if you think you should have received a Cold Weather Payment but you have not.

Click here to check if you can get a payment in your area or, for further information, visit gov.uk/cold-weather-payment