Personal Independence Payment (PIP): Financial support for children and young people this winter
Mmore … than 19,400 children and young people in Scotland will receive increased financial support this winter after a bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament.
This additional financial assistance is intended to help families heat their homes this winter, and rightly bears the title Child winter heating assistance Payment.
Aimed at children and young people, the eligibility age has been extended to 16 to 18 years old This year.
What is the Child Winter Heating Aid?
The Assistance initiative is an annual payment of 202 pounds (235 euros) intended for families with a child or young person receiving certain disability benefits.
What are the eligibility criteria?
To be eligible for the initiative, applicants must be 18 years of age or younger and benefit from the higher rate care component of DLA for children, receive the higher rate of care component of Child disability payment, or benefit from the improved daily life component of the PEP for at least one day from September 20, 2021 to September 26, 2021.
When will I receive it?
Payments for this year are to be made in installments during the winter months and they start from the end of November.
Sona Robison, the Social justice secretary, welcomed the initiative and hopes it can help many families this winter.
“This extra money helps families with severely disabled children and youth pay the extra costs associated with heating their homes for longer periods of time.
âWinter heating assistance for children is one of the seven brand new benefits that we have used using the powers of Social Security. I am happy that by expanding eligibility more than 5,000 additional families will benefit from this Â£ 202 payment during the colder months.
âAutomatically giving this money back to families in the winter will help them budget and balance the many financial pressures they may face this time of year. “