Keep warm in winter

Winter fuel payments

Help to pay heating bills is available through the winter fuel payment scheme.

If you qualify for a winter fuel payment but don’t get paid automatically, you’ll need to make a claim.

Cold weather payments

If you get certain benefits you may be entitled to a cold weather payment when the temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.

Other help available

Many utility companies now run charitable trusts for their most vulnerable customers. Applicants may have to meet certain qualifying conditions to apply such as having a disability, being in receipt of certain benefits or having a low household income.

Citizen’s advice will help you make applications to these trusts:

Scottish Government Ready for Winter Campaign

Advice and tips on winter readiness are available from the Ready Scotland website.