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Social Security Benefits

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN HL8133, tabled on 25 May 2023

To ask His Majesty's Government what was the average amount paid to individuals for each passported benefit, including cold weather payments.

Answered on

8 June 2023

There are many passported benefits, for example free prescriptions and free school meals. The information provided relates solely to Cold Weather Payments. You may get Cold Weather Payments if you’re getting Pension Credit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Support for Mortgage Interest. Additional information on further eligibility requirements can be found here: Cold Weather Payment: Eligibility - GOV.UK (

A Cold Weather Payment (CWP) award of £25 is made to eligible recipients for each qualifying period of cold weather to provide help with additional costs of heating during periods of severely cold weather. The average Cold Weather Payment award is therefore £25. Qualifying individuals may receive more than one payment during each CWP season.