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Social Fund Cold Weather Payments

Estimated number and amounts of Social Fund Cold Weather Payments in Great Britain.

The Social Fund Cold Weather Payments scheme runs from 1 November to 31 March each year.

Find out about getting a Cold Weather Payment.

This data is based on the estimated number of benefit units linked to each weather station that is eligible for Cold Weather Payments. A benefit unit is an adult and their partner (if applicable) and any dependent children living with them.

The information isn’t quality assured to the same extent as official and national statistics and there may be some issues with the data – for example, figures are estimates rather than actual figures and may be revised later.

Exact figures on the amount paid out in each financial year are available in the Social Fund White Paper Accounts and DWP budget information published after the end of the financial year.

There is contact information and more about DWP statistics on the Statistics at DWP page.

Consultation

We are seeking views on proposed changes to the Cold Weather Payments official statistics. Please provide comments on these proposals by 16 June 2018.

  1. Changes to the Cold Weather Payments official statistics

Latest release

  1. Cold Weather Payment estimates: 2017 to 2018

Previous releases

  1. Cold Weather Payment estimates: 2016 to 2017
  2. Cold Weather Payment estimates: 2015 to 2016
  3. Cold Weather Payment estimates: 2014 to 2015
  4. Cold Weather Payment estimates: 2013 to 2014
  5. Cold Weather Payment estimates: 2012 to 2013
  6. Cold Weather Payment estimates: 2011 to 2012
  7. Cold Weather Payment estimates: 2010 to 2011
Published 30 December 2010
Last updated 16 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added a link to information on proposed changes to the Cold Weather Payments official statistics.
  2. Added 'Cold Weather Payment statistics: 2017 to 2018'.
  3. First published.