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Winter fuel payments could help most vulnerable in Bucks

Heart of Bucks are asking those who can afford to heat their homes to give up the grant.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:40pm 4th December 2019. 2-minute read.

Winter fuel payments could help most vulnerable in Bucks

People who don't need the winter fuel payment are being asked to help those who need it in Buckinghamshire.

Some vulnerable people really struggle to keep their homes warm and the grant, which is up to £300, could really help.

Catherine Pearson is from Heart of Bucks, who are running the appeal:

"The campaign particularly help vulnerable people across Bucks who struggle to keep warm in the winter.

"These are older people, lone parents with children under the age of 5 or those requiring additional heating, because someone has a disability."

In the winter of 2018-2019 there were an estimated 23,200 excess winter deaths in England and Wales.

Every year, thousands of eligible individuals receiving a State Pension are paid a 'Winter Fuel Payment' by the government. This is an allowance between £100 and £300 to contribute to household heating bills.

The Heart of Bucks Winter Warmth campaign is encouraging people who receive this payment and are able to pay their heating bills to donate it to those who find the winter months particularly challenging. 

Those who are able to help can donate their Winter Fuel Payment online or by sending a cheque made payable to 'Heart of Bucks' to: Heart of Bucks Winter Warmth, Sunley House (4th floor), Oxford Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 8FQ.

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