Cold Weather 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 average!

The 2015/2016 season starts from November 1st 2015 and ends on 31st March 2016. Before or AFTER those dates do not count.

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 payments.
  • It is possible for other benefits claimants to receive the Cold Weather Payments.

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.

Explanation :

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!!!!

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  • If you are receiving Pension Credit, you will probably be entitled to the CWP each week as set out below. If you are on Income-related Employment and Support Allowance - with support and/or work activity in the main phase of the scheme. You 'could' also get the Cold weather Payment if .....
  • If you are getting Income Support.
  • Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance.
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance in the Assessment phase - ie being assessed but not finalised.
  • Universal Credit - if and when that is introduced nationwide!
  • IF You have one of the following>>>>>

    Income Related ESA and are receiving any of these...You should be eligible.

    • A Pensioner Premium, A Higher Pensioner Premium, or an Enhanced Pensioner Premium.
    • Pension Credit - You will normally get Cold Weather Payment
    • If you get a Disability Pension, or an enhanced Disability Pension, or if you have a Severe Disability Pension.
    • If you have a Disability Premium, and Enhanced Disability Premium, or if you have a Severe Disability Premium.
    • If you get a Disabled Child Premium
    • Child Tax Credit if it includes a disability element
    • A child living with you who is under 5 years of age

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 work?

  • 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 below.
  • 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 Payment?

    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.


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