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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 C: Quantitative Summary

The following table outlines the results for each of the closed questions in the consultation. For each question, the table shows the number of respondents from the total sample of 119 who selected each response, and the corresponding percentage. The number of comments provided to each follow-up open-text question is also shown.

The total sample figures are then followed by the percentage response among all individuals (83) and among all organisations (36) who responded to the consultation.

Question

Base

Agree

Disagree

Unsure

No answer

No. of comments

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?

No. of all (119)

83

26

9

1

41

% of all (119)

70%

22%

8%

1%

% of individuals (83)

64%

28%

8%

0%

% of organisations (36)

83%

8%

6%

3%

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?

No. of all

73

31

14

1

49

% all

61%

26%

12%

1%

% individuals

55%

33%

12%

0%

% organisations

75%

11%

11%

3%

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)?

No. of all

57

47

14

1

55

% all

48%

39%

12%

1%

% individuals

51%

36%

13%

0%

% organisations

42%

47%

8%

3%

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?

No. of all

90

19

9

1

38

% all

76%

16%

8%

1%

% individuals

71%

19%

10%

0%

% organisations

86%

8%

3%

3%

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

No. of all

65

28

23

3

43

% all

55%

24%

19%

3%

% individuals

49%

29%

20%

1%

% organisations

67%

11%

17%

6%

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

No. of all

76

30

11

2

46

% all

64%

25%

9%

2%

% individuals

57%

31%

12%

0%

% organisations

81%

11%

3%

6%

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

No. of all

60

33

22

4

50

% all

50%

28%

18%

3%

% individuals

48%

27%

23%

2%

% organisations

56%

31%

8%

6%

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

No. of all

71

16

28

4

21

% all

60%

13%

24%

3%

% individuals

52%

16%

30%

2%

% organisations

78%

8%

8%

6%

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

No. of all

37

62

17

3

79

% all

31%

52%

14%

3%

% individuals

35%

53%

12%

0%

% organisations

22%

50%

19%

8%

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?

No. of all

61

32

25

1

52

% all

51%

27%

21%

1%

% individuals

42%

35%

23%

0%

% organisations

72%

8%

17%

3%

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

No. of all

72

29

15

3

37

% all

61%

24%

13%

3%

% individuals

55%

29%

14%

1%

% organisations

72%

14%

8%

6%

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

No. of all

49

40

27

3

109

% all

41%

34%

23%

3%

% individuals

39%

35%

25%

1%

% organisations

47%

31%

17%

6%

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

No. of all

34

62

19

4

69

% all

29%

52%

16%

3%

% individuals

29%

52%

17%

2%

% organisations

28%

53%

14%

6%

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

No. of all

85

15

12

7

16

% all

71%

13%

10%

6%

% individuals

71%

14%

12%

2%

% organisations

72%

8%

6%

14%

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?

No. of all

78

18

13

10

20

% all

66%

15%

11%

8%

% individuals

65%

19%

12%

4%

% organisations

67%

6%

8%

19%

Contact

Email: WinterBenefitsPolicy@gov.scot

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