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Winter heating assistance

18 November 2020

Winter heating assistance will replace the current UK-wide Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments in Scotland.

Overview of winter heating assistance

Under the current UK Government scheme, people over pension age are entitled to winter fuel payments. This is a lump sum of £200 (or £300 for households with someone aged 80 or over), paid automatically every winter to help with fuel bills, regardless of income. Cold weather payments of £25 a week are made during freezing temperatures to some people on low income benefits, such as older people, disabled people and families with young children. The Scottish Government will deliver these payments from November 2022. It has no plans to change the qualifying conditions or amount of cold weather payments, but it has also said that it wants to improve the way winter fuel payments are delivered, particularly in rural and island areas and will consult on making the delivery more suitable to Scottish conditions.

Child winter heating assistance

The Scottish Government has introduced a new child winter heating assistance payment of £200. This will be paid automatically by Social Security Scotland to all families with a severely disabled child, aged 18 or under and receiving the highest rate of the care component of disability living allowance (DLA), regardless of other income, savings or benefits. The £200 payment is payable for each severely disabled child who is resident in Scotland and entitled to DLA in the week 21 to 27 September 2020. If DLA is awarded later but backdated to cover this date, child winter heating assistance is payable. Payments are expected to be made from 27 November, usually into the same account into which DLA is paid.

There is usually no requirement to make an application for child winter heating assistance. If you think you are eligible but have not received a payment by 8 December, contact Social Security Scotland. If you are unhappy with a decision about child winter heating assistance, you can request a redetermination within 42 days, or later with good reason. Social Security Scotland is allowed 16 working days to make a re-determination, after which you have the right to appeal. Read our information on redeterminations

Read more about the legislation on child winter heating assistance.