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Winter Support Fund 2022/2023

The Scottish Government has announced a Winter Support Fund to support customers with the additional costs experienced over the winter period.

The Winter Support Fund is a one-off payment of £80.

To be eligible for Winter Support Fund Payment, you must as at 01 October 2022 be in receipt of Council Tax Reduction and;

  • Be a lone parent in receipt of Universal Credit
  • Have the limited capability for work element of Universal Credit
  • Be of pension age and in receipt of either;
    • The care component of Disability Living Allowance at the middle or higher rate
    • The daily living component of Personal Independence Payment at the enhanced rate
  • Receive a carers premium within the Council Tax Reduction calculation.

There is no need to make an application, we will identify all those eligible to receive a payment.

Only one payment will be made to each qualifying household.

How will payments be made

We will contact all eligible households to advise them of their entitlement and how payment can be made.

We will not employ third parties to gather information on our behalf. If you have reason to believe that the person contacting you does not work for the council please contact us immediately. You should never give out your bank details to someone you do not trust.

When will payment be made

Payments will be made by the 24th December 2022 for eligible households who provide information to allow payments to be made directly to a nominated bank account.

If households do not provide bank account details and opt for an alternative payment method payment will be made by the end of January 2023.

Will this affect my other benefits?

If you receive Universal Credit, then this payment will be counted as capital. This will not normally affect the amount you receive unless you have savings or other capital totalling over £6,000.

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