Heating cost help

We are responsible for paying two benefits to help certain people with the cost of heating their home.

Winter Fuel Payment

The Winter Fuel Payment is a UK-wide benefit that helps people born on or before 5 July 1952 to pay their heating bills. However, in Scotland, we are extending the benefit to also cover families with severely disabled children.

Read about the Winter Fuel Payment on gov.uk.

Cold Weather Payment

The Cold Weather Payment is paid to individuals on low incomes and in receipt of certain benefits to help with heating costs when the temperature is recorded as, or forecast to be, colder than zero degrees Celsius across seven consecutive days.

Read about the Cold Weather Payment on gov.uk.

Policy position papers

We have published a series of social security policy papers setting out our position on the development of the devolved benefits in Scotland.

Winter Heating Assistance for Children and Young People (Scotland) Regulations 2020

We have published draft regulations setting out the rules for a new form of devolved social security benefit, providing £200 annually to children and young people in receipt of the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, to help with winter heating costs.

Read Winter Heating Assistance for Children and Young People (Scotland) Regulations 2020

Read our response to SCoSS Scrutiny Report on Winter Heating Assistance for Children and Young People (Scotland) Regulations 2020