Cold weather payments reminder for elderly

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Age Concern is encouraging people to make sure they have their winter cold weather payments sorted well in advance.

It already has a link-up with energy company E.ON, which last year helped to get thousands of pounds in extra payments for people in County Durham.

Miriam Wynd, of Age Concern County Durham, said: “We do all we can to support those in later life manage their finances. This is why, with the support of E.ON, we guarantee that our gas customers will receive a minimum Cold Weather Payment of £10 on top of the Government Payments - and this rises to £20 for customers aged 80 or above.”

Graham Bartlett, Managing Director of E.ON Energy Solutions, said: “Our Cold Weather Payments offer Age UK gas customers some practical support during the colder months.”

To find out more about Age Concern County Durham Energy, including Cold Weather Payments, contact Miriam Wynd on (0191) 3863856, visit 7 Atherton Street, Durham City, or go to www.ageuk.org.uk/buy/gas-and-electricity.

The government allows people on a low income to claim for Cold Weather Payment benefit to help people each week of very cold weather in their area. To find out more, people should visit www.direct.gov.uk or www.ageuk.org.uk/money-matters/claiming-benefits/heating-benefits/