If your circumstances are comfortable, and you do not need your Winter Fuel Payment, donate it to Age NI so that we can help those less fortunate survive winter.
Winter Fuel Payments are distributed to anyone over 61 living in Northern Ireland (born on or before 05 July 1951) even if you are still in employment. Most payments are made during November and December. If you already receive State Pension or certain other benefits you will be paid automatically. If not, you will need to claim your 1st payment. You may also be able to back-claim your payment.
If you think you should be receiving it and want to find out if you are eligible and how to claim, then call the Winter Fuel Payment Hotline on 08459 151515. If you’re entitled to it, claim it. If you don’t need it, donate it. Why leave it unclaimed where no one benefits?
'If you don’t need your Winter Fuel Payment to survive this winter, donate it to those who do'
Anne O’Reilly, Age NI Chief Executive
We know only too well that the Winter Fuel Payment is vitally important to help many older people survive winter.
The cost of living is rising and energy bills place an even greater strain on older people during the winter months. 70% of older people here worry most about staying warm in winter and we continue to campaign loudly for fuel poverty to be tackled in Northern Ireland.
The Winter Fuel Payment is not means-tested which means that everyone of eligible age receives it, irrespective of their circumstances. As a result, we also know from experience that some older people don’t rely on that payment in the same way that many others do.
Last year Age NI received many calls from older people who were able to remain warm, well and connected without the need for their Winter Fuel Payment. They contacted us directly to donate their payment to the charity so that it would benefit their peers who were in a less comfortable situation.
That is why we are asking for people who do not need their Winter Fuel Payment to donate it to our Spread the Warmth campaign this year. We would encourage those people who believe themselves to be financially comfortable and do not need their Winter Fuel Payment to consider passing it on to Age NI so that we can continue to improve the lives of older people in Northern Ireland.
'Winter Fuel Payments range from £100 - £300 depending on the circumstances. This extra money can make all the difference to an older person who faces the choice between heating their home or putting food on their table. Or the older person who stays in bed most of the day to keep warm. If you do not need it, please donate it.
Read about the impact we make on the lives of older people like Nora and others who do need our help. Your donation will go far in helping us continue this work.
To donate online now please click the following link:
To make a donation over the phone by credit or debit card, please call 028 9024 5729.
To make a donation by post send a cheque or postal order to:
Fundraising Age NI3 Lower Crescent Belfast BT7 1NR
Please make cheques and postal orders payable to Age NI.
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Nora is in her seventies and lives mostly in one tiny room of the home she can no longer afford to heat in the winter.
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