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Turn up the Heat

Older people on low and fixed incomes are facing an incredibly challenging winter period, brought on by rapidly rising energy prices, costs of living and inflation. 

With temperatures dropping, they desperately need reassurance that they can turn their heating up when it’s cold without the fear of being unable to afford the extra cost.

That's why we are calling on the Scottish Government to turn up the heat this winter to save lives and protect our NHS and social care.

Our ask

In order to protect the NHS, social care and save lives this winter, the Scottish Government should give every low-income pensioner in Scotland an extra £50 to help with the increased cost of heating their home.

This payment should be made directly into the bank accounts of those in receipt of Pension Credit, as this would be a more effective route for support than a retrospective claim.

Show your support

Will you add your voice to Age Scotland's call to Turn up the Heat for the lowest income pensioners this winter to save lives and protect the NHS and social care?

Why is this important?

Age Scotland estimate that the payment would directly help more than 130,000 pensioners at a cost of £6.65 million, and would be a preventative spend to relieve the incredible pressure being faced by the NHS and social care this winter.

We believe that keeping people out of hospital by preventing illnesses should be a focus of the Scottish Government, and the introduction of this one-off preventative payment of £50 has the potential to save the NHS millions of pounds and reduce demand on services this winter. 

Ensuring that pensioners on the lowest incomes can afford to meet the increasing cost of heating their homes will mean that conditions such as pneumonia, influenza, stroke and heart attack could be avoided.

On average, it costs more than £8,000 to treat a patient in hospital when admitted in an emergency. This does not include extra costs which might be incurred by health and social care after discharge to support the patient with their recovery.

If this payment helps 831 people avoid needing hospital treatment for conditions linked to the cold, then it will have paid for itself.


Our campaign has been endorsed by the following organisations:

  • About Dementia
  • Citizens Advice Scotland
  • Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland
  • Energy Action Scotland
  • Scottish Pensioners' Forum
  • The Scottish Older People's Assembly
  • The Stroke Association

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