Child Disability Payment and Child Winter Heating Assistance

Last updated: 04/05/2021

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children will be transferred to the Scottish Government in 2021. Applications will begin from 26 July as part of a pilot, ahead of a full roll-out across the country from autumn 2021.

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Child Disability Payment

The benefit will remain much the same as DLA but with two main changes:

  • children can remain on child disability payment until aged 18 rather than the previous age limit of 16 for DLA. This will hopefully help ease the move from child to adult services.
  • the maximum amount will be given for children and young people who are terminally ill whatever their life expectancy.

Families of children with a disability or long term health condition living in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and the Western Isles will be able to apply for Child Disability Payment from 26 July 2021. This new benefit should be available across Scotland from autumn 2021. We will update this page as more information becomes available. See Child Disability Pilot areas announced.


Child Winter Heating Assistance

This is a new benefit from the Scottish Government. It is given to help with the cost of heating the homes of severly disabled children.

Who can get it?

To get Child Winter Heating Assistance your child must meet the following conditions on the whole of the thrird week in September:-

  • living in Scotland
  • getting the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance and
  • be under 18 years old

You do not need to apply or this benefit as it will be paid automatically if your child meets these conditions. It will be paid in November or December. You will get a letter telling you when it is paid.

How much is it?

Child Winter Heating Assistance is a £200 each year. It is paid for each child who qualifies so families could get more than one payment.

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