Heating cost benefit for families of disabled children: Legislation has been set out by the Scottish Government aimed at helping with heating costs for families of disabled children  during the winter.

An extra £200 towards will be received towards the heating costs of households with children in receipt of the highest rate care of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Child.

The payments to eligible families will be made automatically starting this winter, through Social Security Scotland.

It is the first disability benefit to be introduced using new social security powers and called the Child Winter Heating Assistance scheme.

Shirley-Anne Somerville, Social Security Secretary said: “I am delighted that we will be delivering the new Child Winter Heating Assistance in time for families to benefit from it as we move into the colder months. This extra money will help the families of the most seriously disabled children with the additional costs that they can have with heating a home.

“Despite the impact of the pandemic and having to adapt to new and different ways of working, we have prioritised its implementation so we can reach families in need at this particularly difficult time.”

Heating cost benefit for families of disabled children

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