What are Cold Weather Payments and how do I apply?

Cold Weather Payments

If temperatures dip, then you could be eligible for Department for Work and Pensions Cold Weather Payments. This cash grant will help you stay warm and should cover the extra cost of heating your home.

 

Unlike other government grants, if you’re eligible for Cold Weather Payments then you’ll receive the money automatically when the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, 0 degrees Celsius or below for 7 consecutive days.

 

The scheme is different from Winter Fuel Payments (which is a one-off annual grant that’s paid to pensioner) and the Warm Home Discount (a £140 credit applied to your heating bill).

 

You can easily check if your area is due for payment by searching with your postcode.

 

 

Who is eligible for a Cold Weather Payment?

The scheme is available to people on a low income and in receipt of certain benefits including:

  • Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Support for Mortgage Interest

 

Pension Credit

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Pension Credit.

 

Income Support and income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and have any of the following:

  • A disability or 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)

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get income-related ESA and have any of the following:

  • 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.

 

Universal Credit

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Universal Credit, you’re not employed or self-employed and one of the following apply:

  • You get a limited capability for work amount (with or without a work-related activity amount).
  • You get the disabled child amount in your claim.
  • You have a child under 5 living with you.

You’ll also be eligible if you have a disabled child amount in your claim, whether you are employed or not.

 

If you have a baby, or a child under 5 comes to live with you

If you receive Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance, and:

  • You’ve had a baby.
  • Or, a child under the age of 5 has come to live with you.

You need to tell Jobcentre Plus. You won’t automatically get Cold Weather Payments if you don’t.

 

 

Cold Weather grant

 

 

How much money will I receive?

You’ll receive £25 for each seven-day period of very cold weather between November 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. After each period of very cold weather in your area, you should get a payment within 14 working days.

 

The money is paid directly into the same bank or building society account as your benefit payments.

 

 

How does it affect my benefits payments?

As an essential grant, the Cold Weather Payments do not affect your other benefits or pension.

 

 

Are Cold Weather Payments taxable?

No, Cold Weather Payments are not taxable.

 

 

Cold Weather heating bills

 

 

How to claim Cold Weather Payments

As a direct, automatic grant, you don’t need to claim or apply. If you are eligible for a Cold Weather Payment, then you’ll receiver the money automatically.

 

 

Haven’t received your Cold Weather Payment?

Your first port of call should be to tell your pension centre or Jobcentre Plus office if you think your eligible but didn’t receive a payment. This may be due to hospital stays, as these can also affect your payment.

 

If you’re getting Universal Credit, contact the helpline instead.

 

Universal Credit helpline

Telephone: 0345 600 0723

Textphone: 0345 600 0743

Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 6 pm

 

 

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Are there any other grants for help with heating bills?

There are no direct government or charity grants available to help you with the cost of heating your home. However, many schemes are available to help you improve your home’s energy efficiency, including the Green Homes Grant scheme.

 

It’s also worth contacting your local council to see if they provide any additional scheme or grants to help you improve your home. Your energy supplier might also offer grants for new boilers or insulation, so it’s worth contacting them as well.