Benefits - Cold weather payment
If you're receiving certain benefits, you may be able to get a cold weather payment for each period of very cold weather in your area.
Payments are made when your local temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.
You'll get a payment of £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.
How to claim
You don't need to apply. If you're eligible to get a cold weather payment, you'll be paid it automatically.
However, 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
- A child under 5 has come to live with you
Otherwise, you won’t automatically receive any Cold Weather Payments.
Please contact your local Jobcentre office if you think you should have received a cold weather payment.