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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22069: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement in its position paper on Cold Spell and Winter Heating Assistance (WHA) that "We propose this WHA payment is consistent with the current Winter Fuel Payments made by the UK Government at £200", whether WHA will differ from the current Winter Fuel Payment scheme regarding payments of (a) £100 to someone who is under 80 and lives (i) with someone under 80 who also qualifies, (ii) with someone over 80 who also qualifies and (iii) in a care home and does not get certain benefits, (b) £200 to someone who is over 80 and lives with someone under 80 who also qualifies and (c) £150 to someone who is over 80 and lives (A) with someone over 80 who also qualifies and (B) in a care home and does not get certain benefits.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 26 March 2019

The Government's policy on Winter Heating Assistance remains that which was clearly set out in the position paper published on‎ 28 February 2019. The sentence quoted refers to the paragraph directly above on Winter Heating Assistance for any family living in Scotland and with a child in receipt of the higher rate components of Disability Assistance for Children and Young People.