HUNTER: COLD WEATHER PAYMENTS AVAILABLE TO THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS

January 24, 2013 10:59 AM

Mark Hunter MPCheadle MP Mark Hunter is urging eligible residents to claim their cold weather payments which have been made available due to the current cold weather across the area.

Last week there was a cold weather "alert" in the following postcodes - M22, SK12, SK2, SK3, SK7, SK8 - triggering cold weather payments to eligible recipients. The payments help people, who get certain income-related benefits, with their increased heating costs caused by periods of very cold weather during winter.

Although most people entitled to cold weather payments receive the support automatically, this is not always the case and Mark is urging local residents who think they may be eligible to get in touch, or go to www.direct.gov.uk for more information.

Commenting, Mark said:

"With the recent cold weather, it is vital that those who need extra support get the help they deserve.

"Many elderly, disabled and housebound people in particular struggle in the chilly weather and the cold weather payment gives those in need the chance to keep the heating on for that little longer.

"I'd urge anybody to think they may be eligible to get in touch for more information about the help they may be entitled to."

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