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Campaign to donate Winter Fuel Payments relaunched

Simon Ward
by Lovemoney Staff Simon Ward on 12 November 2012  |  Comments 10 comments

The Surviving Winter campaign raised £2.5 million in donations to help vulnerable older people living in fuel poverty last year.

Campaign to donate Winter Fuel Payments relaunched

A campaign to allow people to donate some or all of their Winter Fuel Payments to help other vulnerable older people has been relaunched.

The Surviving Winter campaign is jointly organised by the Community Foundation Network (CFN) and Saga. This year it is being backed by Stephen Fry.

The CFN distributes the money raised in a variety of ways, including dispensing hot meals and blankets and offering financial support with energy bills.

It says last year's campaign raised £2.5 million and helped 20,000 people.

Ros Altmann, Director General of Saga said: “We are aware that the UK has a much less energy efficient housing stock than most of Europe, meaning older people need all the help they can get to keep their homes warm.

“This initiative facilitates a way for those who don’t feel they need their Winter Fuel Payment to donate it to someone who is struggling with the cost of heating. Of course, it need not only be pensioners who donate money – anyone can help.”

The Winter Fuel Payment, worth between £100-£300, is paid out annually around this time of the year.

If you would like to donate, you can do so online at the Surviving Winter website.

What do you think of this idea? Should the Winter Fuel Payment be means tested or temperature tested? Share your thoughts in the Comments box below.

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Comments (10)

  • harrydeflint
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    harrydeflint said

    The fuel allowance should be added to the pension and taxed,at the moment it is tax free but they are asking people to gift aid their donation,so it will cost all of us due to less taxable income,Also over 1million pensioners live abroad spending their fuel allowance in another country,so why not simply provide a voucher redeemed against any UK energy bill.Those that don't need it,do not need to bother using it.

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  • confusedtigger
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    confusedtigger said

    There is an assumption here that it is only paid to the elderly ... the payment is also paid to the disabled. I for one, am no longer able to work after a car accident (as a passenger) left me disabled and am grateful for the annual fuel payments. I don't live an extravagant life, nor do I squander money, don't smoke or drink alcohol. Perhaps if I meow or bark loudly someone will donate their fuel allowance to me (said humorously and very tongue in cheek) ... seriously though .... I don't see how people have enough money to consider donating these payments anyway!

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