Islington’s elderly missing out on cold weather payments thanks to Government red tape

20 January, 2010 at 8:45 pm Leave a comment

Bridget wants pensioners to get the help they need

Up to half Islington’s pensioners are missing out on help with heating bills during this winter’s big freeze. Up to 12,000 pensioners in Islington are not claiming cold weather payments triggered by the recent weather – along with 1.7 million pensioners across the country, according to new figures released by the Liberal Democrats.

Bridget Fox, Islington and Finsbury’s Shadow MP, commented:

“It is a scandal that across London thousands of pensioners are missing out on these payments. Fuel prices are at an all time high, making Cold Weather Payments all the more important. Over the last 11 years, the Labour Government has pocketed £17.5 billion that was supposed to go to struggling pensioners.”

“I have been campaigning for the Lib-Dem sponsored Fuel Poverty Bill to be considered in Parliament again, so that everyone can afford to heat their homes. The Bill, which was thrown out because of lack of Labour government support, would have meant better insulated homes and lower fuel bills, benefiting the elderly and the poorest in society the most.”

“The Government should be making every effort to identify pensioners who are missing out on the Cold Weather Payments and get them this extra cash, and should reconsider the Fuel Poverty Bill as a matter of urgency before more people suffer and become ill in these terribly cold winter months.”

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