If you receive specific benefits, you could qualify for additional payments each week if there is very cold temperatures in your area. This is classed as Cold Weather Payments and should not be confused with the Warm Home discounts.
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What are Cold Weather Payments?
You can qualify for a Cold Weather Payment if you receive certain benefits or get support or your mortgage payments.
You will receive the Cold Weather Payment if the average temperature in your area or location is recorded or forecast to be 0 degrees celsius or below for 7 days consecutively.
The Cold Weather Payments scheme runs from 1st November to 31st March each year, and you could be entitled to £25 for each 7-day period of cold temperature that occurs.
This applies to all individuals living in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
How do I qualify?
You could receive Cold Weather Payments if you receive:
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Jobseekers Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Support for Mortgage Interest
- Employment and Support Allowance
When do I get the Cold Weather Payment?
You could be entitled to £25 for every 7 days of consecutive cold weather your area gets. The payments should be processed within 14 days of the period of cold temperatures, and should also be paid into the same bank or building society account that your benefit payments go into.
How do I claim the Cold Weather Payment?
There is no need to claim or apply for Cold Weather Payments. If you are eligible and qualify for these payments, you will be paid this automatically.