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Act now for winter fuel payments

This article was published in August 2006. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

With the recent sizzling temperatures it may be the last thing on their mind but older people in Leighton, Eaton Bray and the nearby villages are advised to get their applications for Winter Fuel Payments in now to ensure they receive help heating their home before Christmas.

As the summer months fly by, the Government wants to make sure those who have not previously received a Winter Fuel Payment apply as soon as possible and claim the money they are entitled to.

New applications received by September 22 will get their £200 payment in time for Christmas.

The minister for pensions reform, James Purnell MP said: "Over eight million households will benefit from the £200 Winter Fuel Payment this winter, with those containing someone aged over 80 receiving £300.

"We want to make sure everyone who is eligible applies for the help they deserve.

"If you have not received a payment in the past, you need to apply in order to claim your first payment.

"The sooner you claim, the sooner we can get you the money to heat your home."

This year, automatic payments will be paud to over 11 million people aged 60 and over.

People should not need to apply for the Winter Fuel Payment if they have received it previously, or are already claiming State Pension or another social security benefit (other than Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit or Child Benefit).

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 15 August 2006