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DWP Cold Winter Payments

Cold Weather Payments 2018 to 2019

DWP Cold Weather Payments continue to the 31st of March every year. Use the Cold Weather Payment postcode checker to see if you qualify and find out when it is due.

COLD WEATHER PAYMENT 2018: Have outside temperatures dropped enough in the UK to trigger a cold winter payment?

Note: DWP CWP £25 is not the same as £100-300 Winter Fuel Payments.

DWP Cold Weather Payment entitlement is subject to certain qualifying conditions. The average low temperature, whether recorded or forecast, determines who gets the payouts.

The government grant scheme for 2017/18 has now ended. But you can check if a payment is due in your area for 2018/19. Make a check using the DWP Cold Weather Payment postcode search.

Staying at zero degrees Celsius, or below, consecutively for 7 days triggers the CWP payment. Those who already receive certain benefits can get the Cold Weather Payment.

As a rule, the government pays £25 for each 7 day period of extreme cold weather. This year's scheme runs between the 1st of November 2018 and the 31st of March 2019.

Benefit payments should arrive within 14 days of each severe cold weather period in your area. Like most benefit entitlements, funds go straight into your bank or building society account. Generally, payments from this scheme do not affect your other benefits.

Note: DWP 2018 to 2019 Cold Weather Payment scheme starts from the 1st day of November in 2018.

Cold Weather Payment Entitlement

So, who will get the Cold Weather Payment? In most cases, you will be eligible to get the Cold Weather Payments 2018/19 if you are already receiving:

Income Support and Income-based JSA

Do you already get the income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or Income Support? If so, you should qualify for the DWP CWP payment providing you also have any of the following:

Cold Winter Payment and Pension Credit

As a rule, getting Pension Credit means you will have entitlement for the Cold Weather Payments 2018.

Income-related ESA

You should also qualify if you receive income-related Employment and Support Allowance as well as have any of the following:

CWP and Universal Credit

If you receive Universal Credit you should also get the Cold Weather Payment. As long as you are not employed or self-employed and one of the following apply:

Note: You will also be eligible if you have a disabled child element in your claim, even if you are in employment.

How to Claim Cold Weather Payment 2018

The Cold Weather Payment calculator makes it simple to claim the payment. People who meet the CWP eligibility criteria do not need to apply. That is because in general all cold winter payments 2018 to 2019 are automatic.

Child Under 5 Living With You?

Do you get Income Support, income-related ESA, or income-based Jobseeker's Allowance? To ensure automatic Cold Weather Payments 2018 you must inform Jobcentre Plus if:

Note: Failing to let the Jobcentre know means you will not get the payments by automatic process.

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Not Received Your Cold Weather Payment?

You should inform your pension centre or Jobcentre Plus office if you did not get your payment. Tell them also if you go into hospital because this could affect your payment.

Claimants getting Universal Credit should use the contact helpline instead.

Universal Credit Helpline
Telephone: 0800 328 9344
Textphone: 0800 328 1344
Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm
Find out about call charges in the United Kingdom.
Cold Weather Payment 2018 Scheme Runs Until 31 March 2019