You qualify for a cold weather payment if:
•a period of cold weather has been forecast or recorded for the area in which your normal home is situated;1Reg 2(1) and (2) SFCWP Regsand •you have been awarded PC (guarantee or savings credit) for at least one day during the period of cold weather. You also qualify if you have been awarded UC, IS, income-based JSA or income-related ESA for at least one day during the period of cold weather and:2Reg 1A(2) and (3) SFCWP Regs
◦your UC includes an increase for a disabled or severely disabled child; or
◦your UC includes the limited capability for work or limited capability for work-related activity element (or would except that you get the carer element instead) and you are not in employment or gainful self-employment during the period of cold weather or on the day it is forecast; or
◦your IS or income-based JSA includes a disability, severe disability, enhanced disability, disabled child or pensioner premium; or
◦your income-related ESA includes the pensioner premium, severe disability premium, enhanced disability premium or the work-related activity or support component; or
◦you are responsible for a child under five; or
◦you are getting child tax credit which includes a disability or severe disability element.
You might qualify even if you are not getting one of these benefits, but you are getting support for mortgage interest. The rules on this are complicated so get advice if you think this might apply to you.
You do not qualify for the cold weather payment if:
•you are living in a care home; or
•usually, if you are a person subject to immigration control.