Date lodged: 9 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the Department for Work and Pensions' system of postcode to weather station mapping is accurate for determining whether the threshold for Cold Weather Payments has been met.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 22 March 2018
The current agreement between the Department of Work and Pensions and the Met Office provides for each postcode area to be allocated to one of 94 weather stations, which together cover all parts of Scotland, England and Wales.
We are aware of previous calls for more localised forecasts and additional weather stations to determine Cold Weather Payment thresholds made during the consultation on Social Security in Scotland and will take these into account as we ensure that the new powers operate in Scotland’s best interests.