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Winter Fuel Payment
Anybody on the state pension or other social security benefits automatically gets the Winter Fuel Payment of between £250 and £600, but everyone born on or before September 25 1956 is eligible. Make sure those you know who might be eligible are getting it.
Anyone eligible should receive the payment automatically, but you will need to claim if you haven’t received the Winter Fuel Payment before or if you have chosen to defer your pension since you last received the Winter Fuel Payment.
The Big Issue’s Winter Survival Guide is packed with tips and advice on ways to make your way through, from recipes to practical guides. You can find the stories in the guide here
Support from energy providers
It costs more to heat a home during cold weather, so make sure you or your loved ones are getting all the support you can if finances are tight.
A number of energy companies offer grants if you’re struggling to pay. It’s worth contacting your provider to see if they can help, but we’ve put together a list of those who do here.
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Just like food banks, warm banks don’t address the root cause of the problem. But they do provide help in a tough situation and are springing up across the country, offering a hot drink and a warm room for people to get out of the cold if they can’t afford to turn the heating on at home.
Here’s how you can find one near you.
Charity grants for elderly people
Charities can be a great source of cold weather help, and Friends of the Elderly’s Winter Warmth Appeal is helping to fund £400 grants to older people during the cold weather.
Read our guide for more information here.
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