Hertfordshire's vulnerable residents to get fuel bill help

PUBLISHED: 06:54 13 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009

Mike Hobday

Mike Hobday

HUNDREDS of vulnerable people are set to receive additional help with their fuel bills, following the recent wintry weather. Cold weather payments of £25 will automatically be made to qualifying residents, including pensioners, the disabled and young fami

HUNDREDS of vulnerable people are set to receive additional help with their fuel bills, following the recent wintry weather.

Cold weather payments of £25 will automatically be made to qualifying residents, including pensioners, the disabled and young families, after temperatures plunged to below freezing for seven consecutive days last week.

Natalie Jones, for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), said some 600,000 residents who live in the area covered by Heathrow weather station - which includes London and large parts of Hertfordshire - would be eligible for the payment.

She also said 69,962 homes that come under the umbrella of Andrewsfield weather station in Essex would be entitled to the money.

WGC, Hatfield, Knebworth and Brookmans Park are among the areas covered by Andrewsfield, while Cuffley and Potters Bar both fall under the remit of Heathrow.

The payments are given to the profoundly disabled, people who collect pension credit and families who claim benefits and have a young or severely disabled child.

Earlier this month, the Government increased the cold weather payment from £8.50 to £25 a week.

And Welwyn Hatfield Labour parliamentary candidate Mike Hobday welcomed the move.

He said: "The Government decision to treble the cold weather payment will save the lives of vulnerable local people, because they no longer need to be concerned about their fuel bills when the weather is at its coldest."

For more information, visit www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits

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