Payments 2015 - 2016 Who Gets Them?
Updated 17th September 2015
Cold Weather Payments are not the same as
Winter Fuel Allowance Payments!
To get Cold Weather Payment, it has to be cold - see below. Winter Fuel
Allowance is paid whatever the temperature - providing you qualify.
Cold Weather payments may be available - automatically - if you are in
the 'low income' group. Set out below... You may get a Cold Weather Payment
if you’re getting certain benefits.
Below Zero or FORECAST to be below Zero deg C for 7
consecutive days. OR – an average of Zero deg C, or below, over a seven day
period. Whilst it is easy enough to measure if zero or below for seven days,
the ‘average’ measurement is not so easy. That is part of the reason why the
government has enlisted the Met Office to determine if there has been an
The 2015/2016 season starts from November 1st 2015 and
ends on 31st March 2016. Before or AFTER those dates do not
When is Cold Weather Payment Paid?
After each period of very cold weather in your area, you should get a
payment within 14 working days. It’s paid into the same bank or building
society account as your benefit payments.
If you qualify by way of the benefits you receive, or by your age, or
other criteria set out below, you will get a payment of £25.00 for each 7
day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.
To qualify for cold weather payments, you have to live in certain areas
of the UK, where there are 'triggering' weather conditions during the winter
months. Some areas will be deemed to be cold enough for the payment, whilst
other will not be cold enough!!!
You can check if your area is cold enough at any given time from November
1st 2015. (Link at bottom of page)
- You do not have to receive the pensioner's winter fuel
- It is possible for other benefits claimants to receive the Cold
Who will Get the Cold Weather Payment?
The persons who are eligible for Cold Weather Payments are
those who are on low incomes and live in a postal area where the
temperature drops to Zero deg C – or an average of zero or less
- for a period of seven consecutive days between the dates of
1st November 2015 and 31st March 2016.
It is possible for instance, that certain areas of Kent are
classified as being cold enough for the 7 day period, whilst
nearby in Sussex, there has been one warm day in the middle of
the same week, which takes the 7 day average above Zero, which
will prevent payment!!!!
Income Support and Income based Jobseekers Allowance and
have one of the following
the support or work-related component of ESA
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
Income Related Employment and Support Allowance - ESA
If you are receiving Income Support; Income-based JSA; or Income related ESA
AND you have had a baby recently, or have a child under the age of 5
who is living with you (any child) you should tell the JobCentre
Plus, or you may not automatically get the payment.
Those Getting Universal Credit
You will normally get Cold Weather Payment if you are
getting UC; you are not employed ; or self employed AND
one of these apply to you;
- You get the Limited Capability for Work element
regardless of 'work-related activity' element.
- If you also get the Disabled Child Element in your claim
- If you have a child under 5 years living with you.
- Also if you have the Disabled Child element in your
claim - regardless of if you are employed or not.
How to Claim Cold Weather Payment?
Basically, you Do NO NEED to Claim. You
should get it automatically if you are entitled
to it. HOWEVER - if by any chance you do not receive it, tell
you Pension Office or Jobcentre Plus, that you have not received
it but think you are entitled to it.
How do Cold Weather Payments
- You will get the cold weather payment
if the temperature in your postal code falls to 0 deg C, or anything
lower than that, for a period
of seven days in a line (seven consecutive days of cold). (The same
is applicable if the temperature AVERAGE has been zero or
The Met Office is responsible for
which areas are deemed to have triggered the payment. They will
decide if your postal code has been - or is Forecast to be - below 0
deg C for any period of seven consecutive days. The payments are
only due for those living within that particular postal code area,
designated as being cold enough. The Cold
Weather Payment is made to you - if you qualify - automatically. You
can expect to get it within 14 working days of the seven days 'trigger'.
(Working days are Mon - Fri, so the payment can take as long as 16 -
17 days. There is no need to apply.
How Much is the Cold Weather
The Payment is £25.00 for each of the
'full 7 day' periods that the temperature drops to freezing (0 deg C)or below in
your postal area. No one gets more - or less. It is a standard
payment. It will get to you automatically within 12 days of the
benefit clicking in - as outlined above. The cold period can begin
on any given day of the week - for instance the cold spell may start
on a Wednesday, or any other days. Then it is 7 unbroken cold days
from that particular starting point!
The Cold weather Payment does not
affect any other benefits you receive. It will not be deducted from
them or whatever.
This will tell you if your postal area
has been selected for payment.
Winter Fuel Allowance Payments