Date lodged: 22 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5O-01922 by Kevin Stewart on 14 March 2018, when direct engagement with the experience panels regarding cold-spell heating assistance began, and for what reason this research project is not listed in the Experience Panels Research Plan 2018-19.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 5 November 2018
The experience panels are already collecting information that will inform our design and delivery of the new Cold Spell Heating Assistance. There are over 350 Experience Panel members with experience of Winter Fuel Allowance. Some of these panel members reflected specifically on their experience of Winter Fuel Allowance as part of our ‘About Your Benefits and You’ research in 2017.
It is our intention to seek the views of households who have applied for and benefited from Cold Weather Payments and Winter Fuel Payments as part of our Research Plan for 2019-20.