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Winter fuel payments (help) (29th Nov 11 at 10:34pm UTC)
Hello all,

has anyone got any clue if we’re entitled to the winter fuel payment and if so how do we get this ?
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (29th Nov 11 at 11:12pm UTC)
Hi CR

Fairly sure that the winter fuel allowance is paid to all those in receipt of a state pension and, in order to have equality, to those men reaching the female pension age .. was 60, could now be 61.

If receiving state pension, then it is automatically paid - I received my letter a couple of weeks ago stating that it would be paid fairly soon, i.e. beginning of December. If you fall into the between 61 and 65 bracket (sorry have not got clue how old you are, so do not want to assume), then I believe that it is up to you to alert them. Once that has been done that payment will be made and will continue to be made, assuming that the winter fuel allowance is not cut next year!

For those on benefits or low income, there is something called a cold weather payment - when the temp drops below zero Centigrade for a few days, then a payment system kicks in.

This is the relevant web site

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Pensionsandretirementplanning/Benefits/BenefitsInRetirement/DG_10018657http://

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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (30th Nov 11 at 12:02am UTC)
Pensioners, disabled and some means tested benefits, through the Warm Home scheme,
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Pensionsandretirementplanning/Benefits/BenefitsInRetirement/DG_185940

this NHS page is worth a look for other help available,
http://www.nhs.uk/CarersDirect/moneyandlegal/finance/Pages/Utilitybills.aspx

and With energy companies discretion, http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/funding/whds/whd_broader/whd_broader.aspx
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (30th Nov 11 at 12:34am UTC)
Hi all.
Yep, Susie Q is right about cold weather payments for people on benefits.
I cannot swear to this, but i think people on income support get it.
It may be payable to people on any benefits, but not certain.

Last year we got three payments due to cold weather.
I think the temp must drop below freezing for 7 days before its payable.
That is 7 consecutive days. If temp rises for couple days, you dont get it.
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (30th Nov 11 at 12:30pm UTC)
No lol I'm only 55 feeling about 110 lol

Benefits in what they call the support group what ever that is?
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (30th Nov 11 at 12:43pm UTC)
Disabled and low income come under the "with energy companies discretion" and cold winter payments,
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/pensionsandretirementplanning/benefits/concessionsandotherhelp/DG_10018668
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (1st Dec 11 at 7:05pm UTC)
Cheers Ian
Jude had seen a payment in her mams account and she was curious {Grin}
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (1st Dec 11 at 7:23pm UTC)
The problem with the at the energy companies discretion schemes for those under pension age, is that numbers are limited by most of the companies and it is first come, first served {Unsure}
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (7th Dec 11 at 12:23pm UTC)
We're moving both gas and electric to the co-op Ian it will save us about 150 to 300 a year plus we'll get the dividends on every bill as long time members

I had to chase them to take quarterly but they gave in in the end

http://www.cooperativeenergy.coop/google?gclid=CLPf2-D576wCFQUhtAod6S3JNg?utm_source=Midcounties&utm_medium=Colleague%2BPublication&utm_campaign=Google
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (11th Dec 11 at 11:50pm UTC)
Just got mine although reduced this year so unless B gets the remainder its £200. We too had 3 extra payments last winter for cold weather.
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (12th Dec 11 at 4:07am UTC)
I got an extra tenner last week {Smile}
Who said the christmas spirit was dead {Confused}
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (12th Dec 11 at 10:55am UTC)
Yay extra money {Smile} but do not spend it all at once {Wink}
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (11th Feb 12 at 5:17pm UTC)
Big firms' £15bn bonanza as cold and fuel poverty bite

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/big-firms-15bn-bonanza-as-cold-and-fuel-poverty-bite-6720013.html
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (13th Feb 12 at 11:55am UTC)
Call for energy bill cuts as hypothermia deaths almost double,

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/call-for-energy-bill-cuts-as-hypothermia-deaths-almost-double-6804819.html
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (14th Feb 12 at 4:17am UTC)
Oh dear, i spent that tenner i got {Sad}
I have been hoping to get a cold weather payment of £25 as its been bitterly cold for many weeks now.
Alas, no such payment has arrived yet {Sad}
I suspect the govt are only going to pay people who actually die from hypothermia from now on {Cry}
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (14th Feb 12 at 10:10am UTC)
Chief executive of a power company making massive profits {Angry} must be worth a good bonus though {Unsure}
Perhaps when the bonus is paid you will get a thank you letter {Wink}
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (14th Feb 12 at 8:16pm UTC)
Oh wow!!!!!!
That makes me feel so happy {Smile}
(not {Sad} )
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (14th Feb 12 at 11:36pm UTC)
Cold comfort for those looking at hypothermia then {Sad}
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (15th Feb 12 at 3:55am UTC)
Well im gonna take comfort where i can {Wink}
Plus i feel much happier being one of the little people who is being slowly worn down by govt.

Besides, if i was a millionaire i would only be worrying about the peasants (us little people) revolting.
Come the revolution all the fatcats shall be lined up and shot, well perhaps not shot, but lined up.
Then we could take a vote on our next course of action {Smile}

I would naturally vote for shooting them or forcing them to live in run down tower blocks.
They could survive by licking condensation off the walls and eating cockroaches.
Then get shot {Smile}

Besides, this is 2012 and according to the mayan calender the world is gonna end in december.
Not sure about the exact day.....but dont worry about buying any christmas presents {Grin} {Grin} {Grin}
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Re: Winter fuel payments (help) (15th Feb 12 at 10:35am UTC)
"Let them eat cake" just not Christmas cake because the world has ended {Unsure}
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