You may get Cold Weather Payments if you’re getting certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest

If you’re eligible, you’ll get these payments automatically. You do not need to apply, but you may need to tell Jobcentre Plus if you have a baby or if a child under 5 comes to live with you.

The payments do not affect your other benefits.

This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg) and in an easy read format.

You’ll get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.

You’ll get £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November 2023 and 31 March 2024.

If you’re eligible, check if any payments are due in your area of England or Wales or check if any payments are due in your area of Northern Ireland.

Cold Weather Payments are different to Winter Fuel Payments.

If you live in Scotland

You cannot get Cold Weather Payments.

You might get an annual Winter Heating Payment instead. You’ll get this payment regardless of weather conditions in your area.