Date lodged: 23 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-19500 by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 23 November 2018, whether the DWP is aware of its ambition to extend winter fuel payment to families with severely disabled children.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 12 December 2018
The Scottish Government set out its' ambition to extend Winter Fuel Payments to families with disabled children on the higher rate of DLA as part of the Consultation on Social Security in Scotland in July 2016.
The commitment to extending winter fuel payments to families with severely disabled children was also included in our Programme for Government published in September 2016. Details of our Programme for Government were shared with the UK government as a matter of course.
We are actively working with the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure that the devolution of powers works for both the people of Scotland the UK.