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Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has welcomed the announcement by the Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, Shirley Anne Somerville, of a new payment to support people in need.  The Child Winter Heating Assistance is a new £200 payment to help families of a child on the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance for Children to heat their homes. There are more than 14,000 children expected to be eligible.

Ms Cunningham said:

“The £200 Child Winter Heating Assistance payment will be with families by Christmas and is designed to help families of a child on the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance to heat their homes.

“Higher heating bills can be one of the hidden costs of looking after a disabled child so this new payment will be really useful assistance for the families of more than 14,000 disabled children.   

“Payments will be made automatically by Social Security Scotland using information provided by the Department for Work and Pensions so there is no need for people to apply separately for this payment.  Families should get a letter in advance to confirm that they will be getting this payment.

“This is the first form of disability assistance to be introduced by the Scottish Government using its new social security powers and I think it is one that will be warmly welcomed by all.”


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•    a client will qualify for Child Winter Heating Assistance if they live in Scotland and were in receipt of the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance for children on at least one day between 21 September 2020 to 27 September 2020. 

•    families will get letters in advance to confirm they can expect this payment. Payments will be made in batches from Monday 23 November and arrive in people’s banks approximately four days later. It is expected to take two weeks to complete all payments. This payment will be made to the same account  in which they receive payments for Disability Assistance Living Allowance for Children.

•    families will get a payment for every child who receives the highest rate Disability Living Allowance for children. This is not a per-household payment.

•    if a family believes that they are eligible for this payment and they haven’t had a letter or a payment, they should contact Social Security Scotland from Tuesday 8 December for further advice.

•    people can contact Social Security Scotland through web chat at or by calling the Freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222.

•    while the pandemic continues to have an impact on Social Security Scotland's operations and delivery partners - including health and social care and the Department for Work and Pensions - Social Security Scotland is doing what it can to progress policy, design and development work. The agency is still working through what the impacts of COVID-19 mean for its delivery timeline and holding conversations with partners to establish what it can introduce and when.

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