Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the news that pensioners and the most vulnerable in Flintshire will get a £25 cold weather payment.
As the cold snap hits Delyn, thousands of vulnerable people and pensioners will receive the highest ever Cold Weather Payment.
The Cold Weather Payment, which has been trebled by the Government this year from £8.50 to £25 a week, is paid out every time the average temperature at a weather station falls, or is forecast to fall, to 0ºC or below for seven consecutive days.
Since the cold snap has hit local weather station’s in Rhyl and Crosby, Merseyside the estimated number of people across the region eligible for the payments is to be in excess of 300,000.
David Hanson said:
“When the temperature goes down people need the extra cash boost to keep the heating on during this bitterly cold snap.
“Coming on top of the extra winter fuel allowance, local pensioners in particular will benefit from these extra payments.
“If you are eligible, you will not have to claim as the money will be paid automatically.”
The Cold Weather Payments are £25 for each spell of very cold weather in an area for Winter 2008/09.
Payments are made automatically to those who qualify when the average temperature at a weather station falls, or is forecast to fall, to 0ºC or below for seven consecutive days. There is no need to claim.
Those eligible to receive Cold Weather Payments are pensioners, severely disabled people and families with a child under five or a severely disabled child, receiving the following benefits:
· Pension Credit.
· Income Support.
· Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
· Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.