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Low Income Winter Heating Assistance: consultation analysis

Analysis of the responses to our consultation on the proposal to introduce a new Scottish benefit, Low Income Winter Heating Assistance (LIWHA), to replace the current Cold Weather Payment scheme in Scotland from winter 2022.


Appendix A: Consultation Questions

Q1. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to replace Cold Weather Payment with a new benefit whose eligibility is based solely on receipt of a low income benefit and not on reaching a specific temperature for a period of time?

Q2. If you disagreed, please could you explain why?

Q3. Do you agree or disagree that this approach is an effective way for the Sottish Government to tackle winter heating costs for people on low incomes?

Q4. If you disagreed, please could you explain why?

Q5. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to name the replacement for Cold Weather Payment (CWP) in Scotland "Low Income Winter Heating Assistance" (LIWHA)?

Q6. If you disagreed, please could you explain why?

Q7. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to remove the requirement for a 'cold spell' to be identified in order for a client to receive a payment?

Q8. If you disagreed, please could you explain why?

Q9. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to have a one-off, annual payment for LIWHA?

Q10. If you disagreed, please could you explain why?

Q11. Do you agree or disagree that our approach to identifying eligibility should be through the use of qualifying benefits?

Q12. If you disagreed, please could you explain why?

Q13. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to retain the current qualifying benefits to indicate eligibility for this new payment?

Q14. If you disagreed, please could you explain why?

Q15. Do you agree or disagree that the eligibility criteria for the LIWHA are clear?

Q16. If you disagreed, please could you explain why?

Q17. Do you agree or disagree that the proposed rate of £50 for LIWHA is appropriate?

Q18. If you disagreed, please could you explain why?

Q19. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal for LIWHA to be given to clients in the form of a cash payment and not another form?

Q20. If you disagreed, please could you explain why?

Q21. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to pay LIWHA as an annual one-off payment each winter?

Q22. If you disagreed, please could you explain why?

Q23. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to set a 'qualifying week' during which eligible clients for LIWHA will be identified?

Q24. If you disagreed, please could you explain why?

Q25. If you agreed, please indicate a preference for when you think the qualifying week for LIWHA should be?

Q26. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to make LIWHA payments to clients in February of each year?

Q27. If you disagreed, please could you explain why?

Q28. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal that clients have 31 days to request a redetermination?

Q29. If you disagreed, please could you explain why?

Q30. We have proposed that Social Security Scotland have a period of 16 working days to consider a redetermination of LIWHA. Do you agree or disagree with this proposal?

Q31. If you disagreed, please could you explain why?

Q32.Can you identify any potential unintended consequences which we have not considered in these proposals?

Q33. Please set out any information you wish to share on the impact of LIWHA on groups who share protected characteristics?

Q34. Please set out any information you wish to share on the impact of LIWHA on children's' rights and wellbeing?

Q35. Please set out any information you wish to share on the impact of LIWHA on businesses?

Q36. Please set out any information you wish to share on the impact of LIWHA on Island communities?

Q37. Please set out any information you wish to share on the impact of LIWHA on reducing inequality of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage?

Q38. If there is anything else you would like to tell us about the described policy intention, impact assessments or LIWHA in general, please do so here.

Contact

Email: WinterBenefitsPolicy@gov.scot

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