The 2021 to 2022 Cold Weather Payment scheme operates from 1 November 2021 to 31 March 2022. You’ll be able to check if your area is due a payment by visiting the DWP website.
Cold weather payments help people who receive certain benefits with their additional heating costs during winter.
You may be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest.
You’ll get £25 for each seven day period of very cold weather between 1 November 2021 and 31 March 2022.
Very cold weather requires the average temperature in your area to be recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below, for seven consecutive days.
You don’t need to apply. If you qualify, the payment should be made automatically, within 14 days of each period of very cold weather in your area.
It will be paid into the same bank or building society account that your benefit payments are paid into.
You are eligible to get Cold Weather Payments if you’re getting:
If you get any other income-based benefits then you may be eligible to get cold weather payments if certain other circumstances apply. This varies depending on which benefit you are getting.
If you get UC you are eligible for cold weather payments if you are out of work and have:
You’ll also be eligible if you get Universal Credit and you have a disabled child amount in your claim, whether you’re employed or not.
If you get Income Support or income-based JSA you are only eligible for cold weather payments if one of the following also applies:
If you get income-related ESA you are eligible for Cold Weather Payments if you have been assessed and placed in the work-related activity group or the support group.
If you’re not in either group you will only get Cold Weather Payments if any of the following also apply:
If you are in a financial crisis and cannot afford your heating or electricity you may be able to get a crisis grant as a one off to assist you in the crisis. You can apply for this by contacting the Scottish Welfare Fund.
You can challenge a decision about Cold Weather Payments if you are unhappy with it.
Find out how to challenge a decision.
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Page last updated:
07 Dec 2021