FENLAND: Labour's spokesman welcomes Cold Weather Payments for pensioners and vulnerable people

PUBLISHED: 13:17 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

Peter Roberts

Peter Roberts

THOUSANDS of vulnerable people and pensioners in Fenland will receive the highest ever Cold Winter Payment, as the cold snap starts to bite. The Cold Weather Payment is paid out every time the average temperature at a nearby weather station falls – or is

THOUSANDS of vulnerable people and pensioners in Fenland will receive the highest ever Cold Winter Payment, as the cold snap starts to bite.

The Cold Weather Payment is paid out every time the average temperature at a nearby weather station falls - or is forecast to fall - to 0C or below for seven consecutive days.

Exactly that happened at the weather station in Wittering and, as a result, more than 4,500 people in March and Chatteris - and the surrounding villages - are eligible for payments.

Peter Roberts, Labour's parliamentary spokesman for North East Cambridgeshire, said: "When the temperature goes down to this level, vulnerable people and pensioners should not be afraid to turn up the thermostat.

"Thankfully this cash boost will make a real difference to people in around March and Chatteris who are worried about staying warm and paying their fuel bills.

"Coming on top of the extra winter fuel payments, local pensioners in particular can turn up their heating during the cold snap without having to worry."

The Cold Weather Payment, which has increased from £8.60 to £25, comes on top of the Winter Fuel Allowance which offers £250 to households with someone aged 60-79 and £400 for those with someone aged 80 and over.

Mr Roberts said he will follow up claims by people who believe they are eligible but have not received payment notification.

CONTACT: Mr Roberts on 01223 277 615 or visit www.necambslabour.co.uk.


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