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Social Security Benefits: Fife

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance she is making available to (a) pensioners, (b) benefit recipients and (c) other vulnerable individuals living in North East Fife constituency in meeting the costs of their fuel needs; and what steps she is taking to ensure that people who are not in receipt of a state pension or other benefit administered by her Department are aware of the help available to them. (296127)

Pensioners in North East Fife, along with other individuals who have reached age 60, will receive a winter fuel payment to help meet the cost of their winter fuel needs. Households with those aged 60-79 receive £250 while those households with someone aged 80 or over receive £400.

Cold weather payments of £25 a week are paid to those on pension credit in periods of very cold weather. Recipients of other income-related benefits may also be entitled if they have a pensioner or disability premium included in their benefit, or they have a child who is either disabled or under the age of five in the family.

Disabled people can face extra costs all year round. Benefits such as disability living allowance provide additional weekly payments and are related to the individual’s circumstances.

The Scottish Government’s energy assistance package provides support to pensioners by offering standard energy efficiency measures to older pensioner households, and a package of enhanced measures to pensioners who live in energy inefficient homes. It also provides free central heating systems to all pensioners who have never had one installed in their home.

The Department for Work and Pensions also works closely with other Government Departments on the “Keep Warm Keep Well” campaign, which is aimed at vulnerable households in England, Scotland and Wales and gives information on the health benefits of keeping warm in winter, and details of the grants and benefits available.

We continue to strive to ensure that people are aware of, and take up their entitlements through, initiatives such as: data matching benefits; home visits; advertising and media campaigns; a simple and straightforward claim process and working with partner organisations.