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Child Winter Heating Assistance

Child Winter Heating Assistance is a new benefit from the Scottish Government.

It's a payment of £200 for children and young people up to the age of 18. To get the payment they must meet two criteria on at least one day in the third full week of September (called the "qualifying week"). On that day they must:

  • get the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance for children
  • be resident in Scotland

In 2020, the qualifying week began on Monday 21 September. If there is more than one child or young person in your household who qualifies, they will all get the payment.

You will not need to show receipts or proof of how the money is spent.

 

Applying for Child Winter Heating Assistance

You do not need to apply for the payment if the child currently lives in Scotland. If the child or young person is eligible, you'll be paid automatically into the same account that your Disability Living Allowance for children is paid into.  If you are eligible, you'll get a letter from Social Security Scotland in November or December before your payment is made.

If you think you should get Child Winter Heating Assistance but have not got a letter by 15 December 2020, you should contact Social Security Scotland.

 

If you were awarded Disability Living Allowance for children after the qualifying week

You can still get Child Winter Heating Assistance if both of these apply:

  • you were awarded the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance for children after 20 October 2020
  • your payments were backdated to the week beginning 21 September 2020 or earlier

If you think you are eligible and you have not received a letter by 15 December 2020, you should contact Social Security Scotland

Tel: 0800 182 2222.  

Text Relay Service: 18001 +0300 244 4000 (for hard of hearing people)

British Sign Language users: contactscotland-bsl.org/device-direct/

Find out about other ways of contacting Social Security here.

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