Scottish Child Winter Heating Payment being made from November

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Monday 13 November 2023

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Families in Scotland should soon receive a Child Winter Heating Payment for each eligible child under 19.

The Child Winter Heating Payment – formerly known as the Child Winter Heating Assistance – is a lump sum payment of £235.70 that Social Security Scotland pays to eligible households.

Who is eligible for the payment?

You get a payment for each child in your family aged under 19 who gets one of the following benefits:

To qualify, your child must have been eligible for one of these benefits for at least one day between 18 September 2023 and 24 September 2023. This includes if your child’s award was made after 24 September but was backdated to a date before then.

Receiving the payment

The payment is per child or young person, not per household. So if you have more than one child or young person on the relevant benefits, they will each get a payment.

You don’t have to make a claim for Child Winter Heating Payment. If you’re eligible, you will get a letter to confirm this, and you’ll receive the money into the same account as your child’s disability benefit.

Most payments are being issued during November, although some people may not be paid until December. If you think you are eligible but have not received a letter by the end of December, contact Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222.