Keep warm in winter

Winter fuel payments

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

If you were born on, or before, 5 July 1952 you could get between £100 and £300. The amount paid depends on your age. If you get the State Pension or another social security benefit you should qualify automatically.

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

The majority of payments are made automatically between November and December. Payments are non-taxable and won't affect any of your other benefits.

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.

You will be paid £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1st November and 31st March. This will be paid automatically in addition to your benefits.

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.