Child winter heating payment is an annual payment for children and young people who have a severe disability.
Child winter heating payment used to be called child winter heating assistance.
It's a payment for disabled children and young people to help with heating costs over the winter.
You get child winter heating payment for a child or young person under 19 who lives in Scotland and who is entitled to:
They must be entitled to the relevant disability benefit during the 'qualifying week' which is week beginning on the third Monday in September (18 to 24 September in 2023).
If CDP, DLA, ADP or PIP is awarded but later backdated to cover this date, child winter heating payment is payable.
Child winter heating payment is not affected by any other income or savings that you or your child has.
Child winter heating payment is an annual payment of £235.70 (2023 rate) for each disabled child or young person. The payment is usually paid into the same account into which the disability benefit is paid.
You do not have to make a claim for child winter heating payment. If you're eligible, it should be paid by Social Security Scotland, usually in November.
If you think you're entitled but have not received payment by the end of December, you should contact Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222.
If you're unhappy with a decision about child winter heating payment, you can challenge the decision.
For in-depth information about child winter heating payment, see chapter 77 of the Welfare benefits and tax credits handbook. You'll need a subscription to be able to log in and read the content.
Read the child winter heating payment regulations on legislation.gov.uk