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Child Winter Heating Assistance introduced in Scotland

Tuesday 17th November 2020

Last week saw the launch of new regulations introducing a new payment helping families with severely disabled children in Scotland to pay their winter heating costs.

If you live in Scotland, you will get a lump sum payment of £200 for any child under 18 in your family who qualifies for the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at the highest rate. You will get this new winter payment regardless of what other income you have.

To qualify your child have been entitled to the highest rate care component for at least one day between 21 September 2020 and 27 September 2020.

The Scottish Government is introducing a new payment to help families with severely disabled children pay their winter heating costs. Listen to our benefits expert Derek explain how the new payment works.

The new payment will be made automatically using DLA records, so you don't normally need to apply. Eligible families should receive a letter from Social Security Scotland confirming payment details in the coming weeks.

You may need to apply to Social Security Scotland directly if your child wasn't awarded the higher rate care component until very recently and that award was backdated to cover the week starting 21st September.

This is because their award may be too recent to have been included in the list of families provided by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to Social Security Scotland.

The first payments are due to be made from the 27 November, with every eligible family having received a payment by 11 December. If you think you should qualify for a payment but have not received a letter about this by 8 December, please contact Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222.

For more information listen to our new podcast on Child Winter Heating Assistance above or see our Welfare Benefits in Scotland.