Cold Weather Payments

You may get an automatic payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, 0 degrees celsius, or below, for 7 days in a row.

The Cold Weather Payment scheme runs from 1st November to 31st March each year.

The payment is £25 for each 7-day period of very cold weather between these dates and is not taxable.

Cold Weather Payments are different from Winter Fuel Payments.


You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting:

  • Pension Credit

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (ESA)

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Universal Credit.

Check if your area is due a payment by searching with your postcode.

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