Commission forecasts cost of new benefit

The Scottish Government has today laid secondary legislation in the Scottish Parliament for Child Winter Heating Assistance. This is a new form of assistance to support eligible families with their heating costs and the first payments will be made this winter. Child Winter Heating Assistance entitles children who receive the highest rate of care on Child Disability Living Allowance to an additional annual payment of £200.

The Scottish Fiscal Commission estimates over 14,000 children will receive the payment in winter 2020, at a cost of £2.9 million.



1.The report on our costing for Child Winter Heating Assistance appears on our website here.

2. On 2 September we’ll publish a second Fiscal Update on the latest position of the Scottish Budget for 2020-21. This follows our first Fiscal Update published in April. We will also publish our Forecast Evaluation Report 2020, in which we’ll review our forecast performance in 2019-20 and our Statement of Data Needs 2020 – a report on the data we use and ways in which it could be improved. To get our reports direct to you inbox on publication, you can register for our updates here

3. On 3 September at 11am we’ll host an online presentation + Q & A session on our Fiscal Update. You are invited to register to register for this free event here.