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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

14,300 NORTH AYRSHIRE HOUSEHOLDS WILL RECEIVE SNP GOVERNMENT’S WINTER HEATING PAYMENT


Earlier this week, the SNP Government received the data needed from the UK Department of Work and Pensions to identify everyone in Scotland who is eligible to receive an automatic £50 from the SNP Government’s new Winter Heating Payment.


Payments will be made over the next few weeks regardless of weather conditions.


The new payment replaces the £25 Cold Weather Payment - a Westminster benefit - that only paid out when the temperature in North Ayrshire fell below zero for seven consecutive days, which was very rare.


Kenneth Gibson MSP said:


“The SNP Government has replaced the old Westminster payment with a new reliable Scottish payment guaranteed every year and which doesn’t depend on temperatures turning Baltic.


“It means those in need will get the much-needed extra cash this month.


“Last winter, no cold weather payments were made across whole swathes of the country. In total, only 11,000 people in Scotland received a payment.


“This year, the SNP Government will ensure around 14,300 households in North Ayrshire alone will receive an extra £50 to help with the Tory cost-of-living crisis.”

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