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Pensioners: Tendring

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that pensioners in Tendring are able to pay their winter heating bills; (242616)

(2) what steps he is taking to assist pensioners in Tendring in meeting the cost of their fuel needs.

Winter fuel payments provide a significant contribution to people’s heating costs in winter and were created to give pensioners reassurance that they can afford to heat their homes in winter. This winter, an additional payment will be made of £50 for households with someone aged 60-79 and £100 for households with someone aged 80 or over increasing the winter fuel payment to £250 and £400 respectively. Pensioners may also qualify for cold weather payments when there is a spell of very cold weather in their area. This winter, cold weather payments have been increased from £8.50 to £25.

Pensioners can also take advantage of the help available through a range of fuel poverty programmes such as the Warm Front Scheme in England. Increased funding for the Warm Front Scheme was announced in the recent pre-Budget report. This complements the addition of £1 billion of measures announced by the Government in September aimed at helping those vulnerable to fuel poverty.