A Scottish MP is bidding to ensure vulnerable pensioners get cash earlier to help them heat their homes during winter.
The SNP's energy spokesman at Westminster, Mike Weir, is bringing forward a bill that would mean people whose homes are not connected to the mains power grid received the winter fuel allowance early.
Many of those who do not have mains gas or electricity rely on home fuel oil, liquid petroleum gas or propane gas for heating.
Mr Weir, the Angus MP, said that paying their winter fuel allowance earlier would allow older people to fill tanks before the onset of winter - at a time when fuel tends to be cheaper.
"Not only would this be a real help to older consumers but it would be revenue-neutral for the Treasury, merely bringing forward payments by a few months," he said. "This would provide real help at little or no additional cost."
Winter fuel payments are made to pensioners to help with heating costs. Payments range from £100 to £300, depending on circumstances, and are scheduled to be made between November and December this year.
Those without mains gas or electricity typically spend more on fuel - about £1700 a year compared with between £1200 and £1400 for people with mains gas or electricity.