West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is urging older people to get their applications for Winter Fuel Payments in now to ensure they receive help heating their home before Christmas.
The Government wants to make sure those who have not previously received a Winter Fuel Payment apply as soon as possible and claim the money they are entitled to. New applications received by 22nd September will get their £200 payment in time for Christmas.
“There are thousands of pensioner households who will benefit from the £200 Winter Fuel Payment this winter, with those households with someone over 80 receiving £300.”
“To ensure that every eligible household benefits I would urge anyone who has not received a Winter Fuel Payment in the past to claim your first payment. Those people who have received a payment in the past should automatically receive their payment.”
“I want to make sure as many households receive this payment as possible. Recently I have been contacted by older people who were concerned that the Winter Fuel Payments had stopped altogether. I can assure them the Government is committed tackling fuel poverty. No pensioner household in West Lancashire should have to worry about how they heat their homes in the winter.”
This year, automatic payments will be paid to over 11 million people aged 60 and over. People should not need to apply for the Winter Fuel Payment if they have received it previously, or are already claiming State Pension or another social security benefit (other than Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit or Child Benefit).
Those who haven’t received a Winter Fuel Payment before, or who are not in receipt of a relevant social security benefit in the qualifying week will need to make a claim. The deadline for all claims for Winter Fuel Payment in 06/07 is 30th March 2007.