Award Cold Weather Payment to All Pensioners

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Created January 26, 2009 by Jim

Politics

This petition urges the Prime Minister to extend the existing threshold for qualification and award the Cold Weather Payment to pensioners currently excluded; marginalised pensioners who paid statutory dues all of their working life: income tax, council tax, NIC, SERPS, etc.

National Energy Action, the country's foremost fuel poverty charity, is calling on Government for an extra £4 billion in funding for energy efficiency programmes to end the scandal of excess winter deaths. NEA claims that £4 billion was amount needed between now and 2010 if the Government is to meet its own target of ending fuel poverty for older and other vulnerable people by 2010.

Jenny Saunders, Chief Executive of NEA, said: "We are now just over half way through this cold snap. Prepayment meter customers will be running out of credit and everyone?s fuel budgets are under strain. People risk having to choose between running into debt, or turning off their heating and putting their health in danger. Increasing the Cold Weather Payment was a welcome step by Government for qualifying households, but is not enough."

Jim Green, the petitioner said: ?Restricting qualification for the cold weather payment is an insult to responsible pensioners who paid statutory dues throughout the working life, made voluntary provision for retirement, and subsequently find themselves marginalised by the state system to which they contributed. Do we not freeze in excessively cold weather as much as those on benefits who qualify for additional assistance??

This petition urges the Prime Minister to make provision in the next budget for the availability of the cold weather payment to all pensioners.

There are currently 63 signatures for this petition:

  1. anthony smith newcastle UNITED KINGDOM

    again the goverment has let down the people who have paid tax and contribution forover 50 yrs, and giving the benefit to those who havent

  2. kathy johnson newcastle upon tyne

    its cold up here

  3. MARGARET CORNER LINDFIELD, HAYWARDS HEATH UNITED KINGDOM

    HOW CAN THE GOVT,DISCRIMIN- ATE AGAINST PENSIONERS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE STATE FOR 4OYRS WHEN EX- PATS RETURN FROM WORKING ABROAD ALL THEIR LIVES BUT NOT TO A PENSION,NO,BUT TO ALL THE BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO THEM.IT'S AN INSULT.

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