Author: Department for Social Development
Published on 07 December 2010 03:30 PM
Winter Fuel Payments are now being sent out to help more than 300,000 older people across Northern Ireland with their heating costs.
Minister for Social Development, Alex Attwood is encouraging anyone aged 60 or over, and who has not received a Winter Fuel Payment before, to check their entitlement.
Alex Attwood said: “While over 300,000 people will benefit from an automatic payment this year, there may also be people who are working who do not realise that they too are eligible.
“With the continued high cost of fuel, there is no doubt that some older people may have difficulty budgeting to heat their homes this year. This payment can make a significant difference and I would urge people not to miss out.
“I would encourage anyone who thinks that they may qualify for the payment to contact the Winter Fuel Payment helpline to check if they can claim.”
Most households with someone born on or before 5 July 1950 are eligible for £250 towards their winter fuel bills. Households with someone aged 80 and over will receive £400. Payments will be paid automatically between now and January.
New customers, who haven’t claimed yet, still have time. If you haven’t got a form, don’t worry - you can either complete one online at
www.nidirect.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment or call the helpline on 08459 15 15 15, (0845 601 5613 for textphone users). Claims must be received no later than 30 March 2011.