DWP ends annual winter payment worth up to £300 for one million people

The Department for Work and Pensions has ENDED its winter heating bill help for a million older Brits - costing them £300. The Scottish Government will replace Winter Fuel Payments with a new devolved lump sum later this year.

Pension Age Winter Heating Payment (PAWHP) is set to be provided on a like-for-like basis and paid to everyone over the State Pension age, every year. Pension Age Winter Heating Payment (PAWHP) will replace the UK Government’s Winter Fuel Payment (WFP) in Scotland from winter 2024-25.

PAWHP will provide an annual payment to pensioner households to help with heating costs in winter. The Scottish government said: "We intend to replace the UK Government’s Winter Fuel Payment (WFP) from winter 2024 with Pension Age Winter Heating Payment (PAWHP).

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"Once introduced, it is intended that Pension Age Winter Heating Payment will be paid to everyone over the state pension age every winter." After a consultation earlier this year, it added: "Pension Age Winter Heating Payment will seek to safely and securely transfer responsibility for the delivery of Winter Fuel Payment to the Scottish Government, ensuring that over a million pensioners currently eligible for Winter Fuel Payment continue to receive this support.

"This will be an investment of around £180 million in 2024/25 to help older people with the costs of heating their homes throughout the winter. Working with individuals and organisations with experience of the benefits system is central to our approach to developing the devolved social security system in Scotland.

"We are now looking for your views through this consultation to finalise our policy on this benefit. I encourage you to respond to the consultation, and thank you in advance for taking the time to give us your views." And it said: "As proposed, we will maintain universal eligibility to ensure the safe and secure transfer of the benefit this winter.

"The Scottish Government will continue to consider options for the longer term development of the benefit post-launch. The responses to the consultation will support this work."