Cold Weather Payments


For those on low incomes, a cold weather payment is to help with extra heating costs during very cold weather in the particular area where you live.

Eligability Criteria 

You are eligable for a Cold Wether Payment if you are in receipt of:

  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit 
  • Income Support 
  • Income Based Job Seekers 
  • Income Based Employment and Support Allowance

How Much is a Cold Weather Payment?

The payment is £25 when the average temperature is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below over seven consecutive days during the period from 1 November to 31 March. It must be noted that this has to happen in the area where the claimant lives and the process is triggered automatically, there is no need to apply. 

For further information on cold weather payments, visit NI Direct