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DWP Cold Weather Payment - Full List of Eligible Areas

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If you claim certain means-tested benefits and you experience 7 consecutive days of cold weather in the UK between 1st November 2023 and 31st March 2024, you could be eligible for a DWP Cold Weather Payment. This is a £25 grant paid by the Department for Work and Pensions.

This payment aims to help people through the cost of living crisis during very cold periods when heating bills are often higher. Some areas were eligible for three separate Cold Weather Payments from 2022 to 2023, meaning £75 per household.

Here’s whether you’re eligible, when the next scheme began and how to claim.


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In this article:

  1. What is the Cold Weather Payment?
  2. Who is eligible for a Cold Weather Payment
  3. Full list of eligible postcodes
  4. How to claim
  5. Challenging a decision



What Is the Cold Weather Payment?

The Cold Weather Payment runs from the 1st of November to the 31st of March. If eligible, you’ll get a £25 payment for every seven consecutive days where the temperature in your area is recorded as 0°C or below.

The 2023/2024 Cold Weather Payment scheme began on the 1st of November 2023 and runs until the 31st of March 2024. You can check here if people in your area are due a payment between November 2023 and March 2024.

These payments are made automatically to eligible households, so there’s no need to apply.

How much you’ll get

You’ll get £25 a week for every seven days of cold weather between November and March. The 2023 to 2024 Cold Weather Payment scheme began on the 1st of November 2024.

During the 2022 to 2023 scheme, some areas experienced three separate periods of cold weather, meaning eligible people got a £75 payment.

The DWP has said that over £130 million of Cold Weather Payments were made to households in England and Wales during 2022/23. Around two million payments were made to pensioners and another three million to working-age households.

Approximately 80% of these payments were triggered in December, with this being the coldest month across the UK.


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If you live in Scotland

You’re unable to receive Cold Weather Payments when living in Scotland. You may instead be able to claim a Winter Heating Payment. This is worth £50 and is paid automatically if you’re eligible.





Who Is Eligible For a Cold Weather Payment?

You could be eligible for a DWP Cold Weather Payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as 0°C or less over seven consecutive days (or was forecasted as this).

You can use the Cold Weather Payment postcode checker from the DWP to see if people living in your area are due a payment.


You’ll also need to receive one of the following benefits:

  • Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit
  • Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI)

Pension Credit

If you claim Pension Credit, you’ll usually be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment. However, you won’t be eligible if you live in a care home.


Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

You’ll usually receive Cold Weather Payments if you get either of these benefits and have any of the following:

  • A disability or pensioner premium
  • A child with a disability
  • Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
  • A child aged under five who lives with you

You’ll usually get a payment if you receive income-related ESA and are in a work-related activity group or support group. If you aren’t in one of these groups, you could also be eligible if you have any of the following:

  • An enhanced or severe disability premium, or a pensioner premium
  • A child with a disability
  • Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
  • A child aged under five who lives with you

Universal Credit

You’ll get a Cold Weather Payment when claiming Universal Credit, provided you aren’t employed or self-employed and one of the following also applies:

  • You have a disability or health condition and a limited capability to work
  • You have a child under five living with you
  • You have a disabled child (in this case, you’ll be eligible regardless of whether you’re employed or self-employed)



Full List of Postcodes That Were Eligible For a Cold Weather Payment

You can use the Cold Weather Payment postcode checker from the DWP to see if people living in your area are due a payment.

To figure out which postcodes are and aren’t eligible, the DWP uses a network of 72 weather stations. These stations measure an area’s average temperature over each seven-day period. For the scheme, every residential postcode is assigned one of these weather stations.

Below, we’ve listed all the weather stations that were confirmed as having qualified for at least one DWP Cold Weather Payment up to the 13th of January 2023 (64/72), along with their corresponding postcodes and how many separate payments each area qualified for. This will give you an idea of whether where you live could be eligible for future payments.

Area/Weather Station Postcode(s) Number of Payments They Received
Aberpoth SA35-48, SA64-65 One
Albemarle DH1-7, DH9, DL4-5, DL14-17, NE1-13, NE15-18, NE20-21, NE23, NE 25-46, SR1-7, TS21, TS28-29 Two
Almondsbury BS1-11, BS13-16, BS20-24, BS29-32, BS34-37, BS39-41, BS48-49, GL11-13, NP16, NP26 One
Andrewsfield CB1-5, CB10-11, CB21-25, CM1-9, CM11-24, CM77, CO9, RM4, SG8-11 One
Bainbridge BD23-24, DL8, DL11-13 Two
Benson HP5-23, HP27, OX9-10, OX33, OX39, OX44, OX49, RG9, SL7-9 Two
Bingley BB4, BB8-12, BB18, BD1-22, HD3, HD7-9, HX1-7, LS21, LS29, OL13-14, S36 Two
Boscombe Down BA12, RG28, SO20-23, SP1-5, SP7, SP9-11 One
Bramham HG1-5, LS1-20, LS22-28, YO1, YO8, YO10, YO19, YO23-24, YO26, YO30-32, YO41-43, YO51, YO60-61 One
Brize Norton OX1-6, OX8, OX10-14, OX18, OX20, OX25-29, OX33, OX44, SN7 One
Capel Curig LL24-25, LL41 One
Carlisle CA1-8, DG12, DG16 Two
Charlwood BN5-6, BN44, GU5-6, ME6, ME14-20, RH1-20, TN1-20, TN22, TN27 One
Charterhall NE71, TD5, TD12, TD15 One
Chivenor EX23, EX31-34, EX39 One
Coleshill B1-21, B23-38, B40, B42-50, B60-80, B90-98, CV1-12, CV21-23, CV31-35, CV37, CV47, DY1-14, LE10, WS1-15, WV1-16 One
Crosby CH41-49, CH60-66, FY1-8, L1-40, PR1-5, PR8-9, PR25-26 One
Dunkeswell Aerodrome DT6-8, EX13-15,TA21 One
Eskdalemuir DG14, TD9 Two
Exeter Airport EX1-12, EX24, TQ1-6, TQ9, TQ12, TQ14 Two
Fylingdales YO13, YO18, YO21-22, YO62 One
Hawarden Airport CH1-8, LL11-14, SY14 One
Heathrow BR1-4, CR0, CR2-8, E1-18, E20, E1W, EC1A, EC1M, EC1N, EC1R, EC1V,EC1Y, EC2A, EC2M, EC2N, EC2R, EC2V, EC2Y, EC3A, EC3M, EC3N, EC3R, EC3V, EC4A, EC4M, EC4N, EC4R, EC4V, EC4Y, EN1-5, EN7-11, HA0-9, IG1-11, KT1-24, N1-22, N1C, NW1-11, SE1-28, SL0, SL3, SM1-7, SW2-20, SW1A, SW1E, SW1H, SW1P, SW1V, SW1W, SW1X, SW1Y TW1-20, UB1-11, W2-14, W1B-D, W1F-H, W1J-K, W1S-U, W1W, WC1A-B, WC1E, WC1H, WC1N, WC1R, WC1V, WC1X, WC2A-B, WC2E, WC2H, WC2N, WC2R One
Hereford-Credenhill GL1-6, GL10, GL14-20, GL50-53, HR1-9, NP7-8, NP15, NP25, SY8, WR1-11, WR13-15 One
Herstmonceux West End BN7-8, BN20-24, BN26-27, TN21, TN31-40 One
Hurn BH1-25, BH31, DT1-2, DT11, SP6 One
Keele CW1-3, CW5, CW12, ST1-8, ST11-12, ST14-21 One
Lake Vyrnwy LL20-21, LL23, SY10, SY15-17, SY19, SY21-22 One
Leconfield DN14, HU1-20, YO11-12, YO14-17, YO25 One
Leek DE4, DE45, S32-33, SK13, SK17, SK22-23, ST9-10, ST13 One
Leeming DL1-3, DL6-7, DL9-10, TS9, TS15-16, YO7 One
Libanus CF37-48, CF81-83, LD3, NP4, NP11-13, NP22-24, NP44, SA9 Two
Liscombe EX16, EX35-36, TA22, TA24 One
Little Rissington CV36, GL54-56, OX7, OX15-17, WR12 Two
Llysdinam LD1-8, SA19-20, SY7, SY9, SY18 Two
Loftus SR8, TS1-8, TS10-14, TS17-20, TS22-27 One
Marham CB6-7, IP24-28, PE12-14, PE30-38 One
Mona LL33-34, LL42-49, LL51-78 One
Morpeth, Cockle Park NE22, NE24, NE61-70 One
Nottingham Watnall DE1, DE3, DE5-7, DE11-15, DE21-24, DE55-56, DE65, DE72-75, LE1-9, LE11-14, LE16-19, LE65, LE67, NG1-22, NG25, NG31-34 One
Odiham GU1-4, GU7-12, GU14-35, GU46-47, GU51-52, RG1-2, RG4-8, RG10, RG12, RG14, RG18-27, RG29-31, RG40-42, RG45, SL1-2, SL4-6, SO24 One
Pembrey Sands SA1-8, SA14-18, SA31-34, SA61-63, SA66-73 One
Redesdale CA9, DH8, NE19, NE47-49 Two
Rhyl LL15-19, LL22, LL26-32 One
Rochdale BL0-9, M24, M26, OL1-12, OL15-16, SK15 Two
Rostherne CW4, CW6-11, M1-9, M11-23, M25, M27-35, M38, M40-41, M43-46, M50, M90, PR7, SK1-12, SK14, SK16, WA1-16, WN1-8 Two
Rothamsted AL1-10, EN6, HP1-4, LU1-7, SG1-4, SG12-14, WD3-7, WD17-19, WD23-25 One
Shap CA10-12, CA16-17, LA8-10, LA21-23 Two
Shawbury SY1-6, SY11-13, TF1-13 One
Sheffield DN1-8, DN11-12, HD1-2, HD4-6, S1-14, S17-18, S20-21, S25-26, S35, S40-45, S60-66, S70-75, S80-81, WF1-17 One
Shoeburyness BR5-8, CM0, CT5-6, DA1-18, ME1-5, ME7-13, RM1-3, RM5-20, SS0-9, SS11-17 One
St. Bees Head CA13-15, CA18-28 One
Stonyhurst BB1-3, BB5-7, LA2, LA6-7, PR6 One
Stowe NN1-7, NN11-13, MK18 Two
Thorney Island BN1-3, BN9-18, BN25, BN41-43, BN45, PO1-22, PO30-41, SO14-19, SO30-32, SO40-43, SO45, SO50-53 One
Tibenham NR1-35 One
Trawsgoed LL35-40, SY20, SY23-25 Two
Waddington DN9-10, DN15-22, DN31-41, LN1-13, NG23-24, PE10-11, PE20-25 One
Walney Island LA1, LA3-5, LA11-20 One
Wattisham CB8-9, CO1-8, CO10-16, IP1-23, IP29-33 One
Westonbirt BA1-3, BA11, BA13-15, GL7-9, RG17, SN1-6, SN8-16, SN25-26 One
Wittering LE15, NN14-18, PE1-9, PE15, PE17, PE26-29 One
Woburn MK1-17, MK19, MK40-46, NN8-10, NN29, PE19, SG5-7, SG15-19 Two
Yeovilton BA4-10, BA16, BA20-22, BS25-28, DT9-10, SP8, TA1-20, TA23 Two



How To Claim the Cold Weather Payment

If you receive one of the relevant means-tested benefits, you should be paid automatically after every seven days of cold weather. This payment should be received within 14 working days.

If a change in circumstances means you’re now eligible (such as having a baby or a child aged under five has started living with you), you should contact Jobcentre Plus and let them know.





Challenging A Cold Weather Payment Decision

If you think you should have received a payment but it hasn’t arrived, let the Pension Service or Jobcentre Plus know.

If the benefit you receive is Universal Credit, you should sign in to your account and add a note to your journal. You can also call the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 9344.

If you disagree with the decision on your eligibility, you’re usually able to ask for this to be looked at again. This is known as a ‘mandatory reconsideration’. The DWP will then review your claim, before telling you whether they’ve changed their mind. If you still aren’t happy with the decision, you can appeal to an independent tribunal.

You’ll usually have one month to dispute a decision, so be sure to act quickly.






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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a Cold Weather Payment in 2023?

Yes, there will be a Cold Weather Payment in 2023. This is due to run from November 2023 to March 2024.

How do I know if I’m entitled to a Cold Weather Payment?

If you receive a means-tested benefit such as Pension Credit, Universal Credit or Income Support, you may be entitled to a DWP Cold Weather Payment. If eligible, you’ll be paid automatically.

How can I check if a Cold Weather Payment is due in my area?

You can use the Cold Weather Payment postcode checker to see if your area is due a payment. Eligible areas will have experienced temperatures at 0°C or below across seven consecutive days.

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