Payments 2014 - 2015 Who Gets Them?
Updated 20th January 2015
Cold Weather Payments are not the same as
Winter Fuel Allowance Payments!
payments may be available - automatically - if you are in the
income' group. Set out below...
To qualify for cold weather payments, you have to live in certain
areas 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 2014. (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
The payment this winter - November 1st 2014 : March 31st 2015 - is
£25.00 for each week that it is payable in your area. (Every week
that it is cold enough.)
Who will Get the Cold Weather
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 for a period
of seven consecutive days between the dates of 1st November 2014 and
31st March 2015.
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
will prevent payment!!!!
If you are receiving
you will probably be entitled to the CWP each week as set out
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
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
ESA and are receiving any of these...You should be eligible.
A Pensioner Premium, A Higher
Pensioner Premium, or an Enhanced Pensioner Premium.
If you get a Disability Pension,
or an enhanced Disability Pension, or if you have a Severe
If you have a Disability Premium,
and Enhanced Disability Premium, or if you have a Severe
If you get a Disabled Child
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.
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). If there is a warm day in the middle, the
payment is not made.
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!
If you think you should have received
the Cold Weather Payment, but have not got it after 12 days, then
tell your JobCentre Plus, or your local Pension Centre.
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