Child Winter Heating Assistance

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The Scottish Government has introduced a new payment to help families with severely disabled children pay their winter heating costs.

This will be an annual payment of £200 made to each family in Scotland who has a child under 18 who qualifies for the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at the highest rate. You will get this new winter payment for each child in your family on the highest rate of the DLA care component, regardless of what other income you have.

To qualify your child have been receiving the highest rate care component for at least one day between 21 September 2020 and 27 September 2020. This includes where payment of their higher rate DLA care award had been suspended in that week because they were in residential accommodation.

If your child wasn’t awarded the higher rate care component until some point after 27th September, but that award was backdated to cover that week, you should still qualify. 

Normally a payment is only awarded where a child lives in Scotland. However special rules sometimes mean a grant can be paid where a child on higher rate DLA care lives in an EEA country or Switzerland but has a genuine and sufficient link to Scotland. 

The new payment will be made automatically using DLA records, so you do not need to apply. If you think you should qualify for a payment but have not received a letter about this please contact Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222.