Bill Wiggin MP welcomes the extra help now being offered as Cold Weather Payments begin.
The Cold Weather Payment scheme began to pay out to an estimated 4 million people from 1 November to help the vulnerable cover their heating costs as the temperature dips.
Bill Wiggin MP said: “It is very important that we do all we can to help our elderly and disabled people during the colder months.
That is why the Cold Weather Payment is vital to those in North Herefordshire who may be struggling to meet their fuel costs this winter.
I was delighted the Government managed to permanently increase the payment to £25 from the previous rate of £8.50.
While Cold Weather Payments are paid automatically to those eligible in most cases, I would urge anyone, especially older people who think they might be eligible to contact 0800 99 1234 just to be sure.”
Poorer pensioners and low-income households, which include disabled people or children under the age of 5, could be due a £25 Cold Weather Payment each time temperatures either dip below an average of zero degrees Celsius for 7 consecutive days, or are forecast to do so.
DWP Minister Steve Webb said: “It is vital that pensioners and vulnerable people are given extra help to turn up the thermostat and keep warm when temperatures plunge.
This help, combined with the Winter Fuel Allowance and Warm Home Discount Scheme, is making a real difference to help the most vulnerable people in our society.”
Pensioners on Pension Credit will usually qualify for the scheme. Some people on other benefits may also qualify for a Cold Weather Payment, including:
income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
income-related Employment and Support Allowance
People can find out if they are due a Cold Weather Payment by calling – 0800 99 1234
This number can also be used to claim Pension Credit and Housing Benefit without having to sign a form.
For further information please see the following link.