Winter heating assistance

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

Timeline

June 2018      Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018.

The Act makes provision for cold spell and winter heating assistance regulations

By 2021          Winter heating assistance available from Social Security 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. Some people on low incomes, such as older people, disabled people and families with young children are entitled to cold weather payments of £25 a week in freezing temperatures.

The Scottish Government is committed to extending winter fuel payments to families with disabled children on the higher rate of DLA. It also wants to make earlier payments in rural areas, the Highlands and Islands, and make cold weather payments more suitable to Scottish conditions.