Thousands Due Cold Hard Cash; 150,000 ON LOW INCOME ENTITLED TO EXTRA HELP AFTER COLD SNAP

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), January 13, 2010 | Go to article overview

Thousands Due Cold Hard Cash; 150,000 ON LOW INCOME ENTITLED TO EXTRA HELP AFTER COLD SNAP


Byline: ADAM JUPP

NEARLY 150,000 hard-up North East folk are set for extra fuel cash to help cope with the cold snap.

People on low incomes living in areas that have experienced sub-zero temperatures for seven days on the trot are entitled to pounds 25 from the Government.

And due to the severity of the recent weather, there are 148,000 people here in the region who will pocket three weeks' worth of money.

North East minister Nick Brown s welcomed the Cold Weather Payments, which will go to households in some of the most deprived parts of the UK.

The Newcastle East and Wallsend MP said: "The Labour Government are helping vulnerable people in two ways this wintersss - with Winter Fuel payments of pounds 250 or pounds 400 for the over 80s and 148,800 people in the North East are getting the increased Cold Weather Payments of pounds 25.

"The severe cold weather we have experienced over Christmas and the New Year has already triggered three extra payments for people in the North East, meaning that the most vulnerable in our community will receive pounds 75 towards their heating costs."

In the North East over the last three weeks, temperatures in some areas have dropped as low as -16C and at the peak of the cold snap, 600 schools closed across the region. …

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