Date lodged: 18 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Cold Weather Payments Ten Minute Rule Bill, which is due to have its second reading in the UK Parliament on 23 November 2018 and which re-examines the way that weather data that triggers cold weather payments is gathered.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 14 November 2018
The Scottish Government is aware of the proposal and the representations being made to the UK government on this issue. The case for more localised forecasts and weather stations has also been made to Scottish Ministers. We will continue to listen to views and consider ways to better meet the needs of vulnerable households in Scotland.