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New £ 50 winter heating benefits to replace this year's Scottish Cold Weather Payments

The Scottish Government has announced that approximately400,000 low-income households nationwide will receive the first £ 50 of new winter heating benefits in February 2023. confirmed. Low-income winter heating assistance is the Scottish Government's thirteenth benefit and replaces the UK Government'scold payments.

According to the Scottish Government, the benefits of cold climate payments are that only if the requirements for a "cold spell" are met and the temperature is below 0 degrees Celsius for 7 days, you will only be paid £ 25. It is "unreliable" for the household. They are lined up in a row at a certain place.

Instead, the Scottish Government will invest £ 20 million annually in low-income winter heating assistance. This is expected to result in reliable payments each winter and support forenergy charges. It will skyrocket to £ 2,980 in October.

Social Security Minister Ben Macpherson recently said: This additional financial support from the Scottish Government will help during this time of rising energy prices and other living cost pressures.

He explained that unlike current cold weather payments, low-income winter heating assistance will provide "helping people regardless of the weather conditions and temperatures in their place of residence.

He also explained that the eligible households will be automatically paid £ 50 and do not need to apply.

He added:

The Minister also said that the February 2023 payment for the first year of the new benefit "ensures a smooth transition from the UK system" and the Scottish Government "may carry forward payment". Said to seek.

For the winter of 2022/23, the Scottish Government will extend and increase Scottish child benefits in November and will also pay for a third winter heating aid.

Who is eligible for a £ 50 low-income winter heating assistance payment?

Households with these benefits are eligible:

  • Universal Credit
  • Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowances
  • Mortgage Benefit Support

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