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Extra Winter Help for Pensioners

Monday, January 23, 2006

Pensioners are set to receive an increased range of financial support and help to keep warm, healthy and safe through the winter. The successful Warm Front programme, which is the government’s key programme to tackle fuel poverty, is to receive an extra £300 million to help pensioners install central heating or insulation.


Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn said;


‘I am pleased that Warm Front is to get extra investment because this scheme has helped thousands of pensioner’s heat or insulate their homes. It is a popular scheme but unfortunately too often people only realise that their central heating needs replacing, or they need extra insulation, during a cold snap. I urge pensioners to ring the Warm Front helpline on 0800 316 6011 to see if they are eligible - it’s a free phone call.’


Those eligible for help receive a home visit from Warm Front to work out their needs. A local business will carry out the agreed work, and Warm Front will follow this up to make sure that everything is OK.  


Other measures in place to assist people with keeping warm in their homes are the Home Heat Helpline (0800 33 66 99), where consumers on low incomes are able to speak to an advisor about managing their finances and measures on keeping their homes warm. The annual Winter Fuel Allowance has been a welcomed boost to pensioners; all households with someone aged over 60 will be entitled to £200 to assist with extra heating costs- rising to £300 for the over 80s. There is also Cold Weather Payments worth £8.50 a week for those on pension credit and other benefits, and is paid automatically during periods of particularly cold weather.


If you think you are eligible or are having problems with heating your home please contact the Warm Front Helpline or visit the Sustainable Energy section on the Department for the Environment, Foods and Rural Affairs website www.defra.gov.uk.


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