Heating cost help
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Winter Fuel Payment
The Winter Fuel Payment is a UK-wide benefit that helps people born on or before 26 September 1955 to pay their heating bills.
We will replace the UK Government’s Winter Fuel Payment (WFP) in winter 2024.
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.
We will replace the DWP Cold Weather Payment (CWP) with a new Low Income Winter Heating Assistance in winter 2022. This will make a guaranteed annual payment of £50 to around 400,000 low-income households currently eligible for Cold Weather Payment. We are currently consulting on this proposed new benefit. The consultation will run from 01 December 2021 until 23 February 2022. View and respond to the consultation at: Low Income Winter Heating Assistance (LIWHA): consultation.
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.