Young people on PIP and DLA to receive up to £404 cash boost this winter

By Linda Howard

Legislation which will lead to increased financial support for more than 19,400 children and young people to help their families heat their homes this winter has been outlined in the Scottish Parliament.

The proposed legislation extends the eligibility criteria for the annual Child Winter Heating Assistance payment to young people aged 16 to 18 in Scotland, who are in receipt of the enhanced daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

If the proposal passes into legislation, it will see an additional 5,000 families across Scotland receive the payment, which will also be backdated to last year when the winter assistance was introduced - over £400 in total.

Claimants on the new Child Disability Payment will also receive the extra support (Getty Images)

Child Winter Heating Assistance is an annual payment of £202 to help families with a child or young person on certain disability benefits to heat their homes during the colder months.

It is already available to those receiving the higher rate care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison said: “This extra money helps families of seriously disabled children and young people with the additional costs associated with heating their homes for longer periods."

She continued: “The Child Winter Heating Assistance is one of seven brand new benefits we have used using social security powers. I’m pleased that by extending eligibility, over 5,000 more families will benefit from this £202 payment during the colder months.

“Getting this money to families automatically in winter will help them budget and balance the many financial pressures that they can face at this time of year.”

What is the Child Winter Heating Assistance?

The Child Winter Heating assistance payment launched in 2020.

More than 14,000 payments of £202 were made to families between November and mid-March, worth a combined total of £2.8 million.

What is the eligibility criteria?

To qualify for Child Winter Heating Assistance, people need to be aged 18 or under, and receive the higher rate care component of DLA for Children, receive the higher rate care component of Child Disability Payment, or get the enhanced daily living component of PIP on at least one day between September 20, 2021 to September 26, 2021.

When will I receive the payment?

Social Security Scotland said this year’s Child Winter Heating Assistance payments will start from the end of November and payments will be made in batches over the winter months.

It will be made automatically to the same account where people receive their DLA for Children, Child Disability Payment or PIP payments.

How do I apply?

You do not need to apply as the payment will be made automatically by Social Security Scotland.

Families will receive a letter of confirmation to coincide with the payment being made.

For more information, contact Social Security Scotland through web chat on the website here or call the freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222.

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