Cold Weather Payment

Overview

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

This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

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

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

The 2018 to 2019 Cold Weather Payment scheme has now ended. Next year’s scheme is due to start on 1 November 2019. You’ll be able to check if your area is due a payment in November 2019.

Cold Weather Payments are different to Winter Fuel Payments.

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