Millions to benefit from cold weather cash
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
An estimated 4 million people are in line for extra Government help to turn up the heating during the coldest days this year, as the Cold Weather Payments season begins today.
The Liberal Democrats in Government have ensured the permanent increase of Cold Weather Payments from £8.50 to £25 to help vulnerable people over the Winter months.
This means that poorer pensions and low-income households, including disabled people and children under the age of five, could be due a £25 Cold Weather Payment each time temperatures dip below an average of zero degrees Celsius for seven consecutive days, or are forecast to do so.
Liberal Democrat Minister for Pensions 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.
"In most cases, Cold Weather Payments are paid automatically to those eligible. But I urge anyone, especially older people who might be missing out on Pension Credit, to call us."