New winter heating benefit
Annual investment of £20 million to help low income households.
A consultation has been launched on a new heating benefit that will give around 400,000 low income households the reassurance of a guaranteed £50 payment every winter.
The Low Income Winter Heating Assistance will be introduced from winter 2022 to replace the current UK Government Cold Weather Payment scheme.
The current UK Government benefit triggers a £25 payment only when temperatures are recorded or forecast at below zero degrees Celsius for seven days in a row. The replacement Low Income Winter Heating Assistance benefit from the Scottish Government will provide financial stability, no matter the weather.
Social Security Minister Ben Macpherson yesterday said:
“Low Income Winter Heating Assistance will be an investment of around £20 million every year to reliably support people towards the costs of heating their homes irrespective of the weather, temperature, or where they live in Scotland.
“Although Cold Weather Payments have been a valuable support for some during periods of very cold weather, there have been some years when hardly any payments have been made at all by the UK Government.
“If winters, as predicted, are due to become generally wetter and warmer then this may also reduce the numbers of Cold Weather Payments in the future. We want people to have certainty about receiving a payment.
“Our proposed new benefit will be the equivalent to two payments of Cold Weather Payment and should ensure that most people will be better off. Significantly, it will also enable us to provide assistance to more households that are at risk of fuel poverty.
“This is another important milestone in our ambitious programme, using the devolved social security powers we have to deliver more effective benefits for the people of Scotland, and is also part of our broader approach to support people who need extra help with heating costs during the coldest months of the year.”
Latest News from
Scottish Household Survey – 2020 telephone survey28/01/2022 15:05:00
Scotland’s Chief Statistician today released the results of the Scottish Household Survey – 2020 Telephone Survey, providing a snapshot of the characteristics, attitudes and behaviours of Scottish households and individuals during late 2020 and early 2021.
Strengthening Scotland’s resilience to severe weather28/01/2022 12:05:00
A range of changes are to be put in place to strengthen national resilience and protect lives, homes and infrastructure from the impacts of future severe weather events.
Listening to those with Lived and Living Experience28/01/2022 10:05:00
Ensuring the experiences of people affected by drugs are acted upon.
Inspector of Burial, Cremation and Funeral Directors: annual report 2020 to 202128/01/2022 09:05:00
Report compiled by Gordon Findlater, Inspector of Burial, Cremation and Funeral Directors for the purpose of providing Scottish Ministers with a resume of duties undertaken in the role during the period December 2020 – December 2021.
Women in the justice system: evidence review27/01/2022 15:05:00
A review of quantitative evidence, drawn from a range of statistical data sources across the justice system in Scotland, comparing findings for women against those for men.
Scottish Budget 2022-23 Stage One27/01/2022 13:05:00
Finance Secretary urges MSPs to back spending plans.
HM Inspector of Anatomy for Scotland: annual report April 2019 - March 202127/01/2022 12:05:00
Annual report, written by Professor Gordon Findlater, Her Majesty's Inspector of Anatomy for Scotland, providing a resume of duties undertaken in the role during the period April 2019 to March 2021.
COVID Recovery and Reform Bill introduced27/01/2022 09:05:00
MSPs to scrutinise proposed law reforms.
Women’s Justice Leadership Panel26/01/2022 16:05:00
Experts to assess needs of women in the justice system.