Cold Weather Payment eligibility
To be eligible for Cold Weather Payments, claimants must be in receipt of certain state benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest. Where claimants are eligible, they’ll be issued with £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather between now and March 31.
To count as “very cold weather”, local temperatures must be recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over seven consecutive days. People may get Cold Weather Payments if they’re already getting Pension Credit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Support for Mortgage Interest.
On top of being in receipt of these benefits, claimants may also need to have certain disabilities or be responsible for children to be eligible for Cold Weather Payments.
Eligible recipients do not need to apply for Cold Weather Payments, they should be issued automatically. After each period of very cold weather in an area, recipients should get a payment within 14 working days. It’s paid into the same bank or building society account as their other benefit payments.
This is important to note as the Met Office has warned heavy snowfall and cold snaps are on their way, meaning Cold Weather Payments could be triggered over the coming weeks.