Harriett Baldwin asks the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions about applying for the covid winter grant scheme.
Benefit Recipients: Heating Costs
Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con)
What support her Department provides to benefit recipients to help meet heating costs in winter 2020-21. (911281)
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Guy Opperman) [V]
Winter fuel payments of between £100 and £300 are provided to all those of state pension age. In addition, certain benefit recipients can also receive payments from the warm home discount scheme and the cold weather payment scheme. As mentioned by the Secretary of State earlier, we have introduced a covid winter grant scheme, which has made £170 million available to English local authorities.
Obviously the weather has been very cold and families are spending much more time at home, so I welcome all that additional support to help with heating. Will the Minister clarify whether the money is paid automatically or families must actively apply for it?
Worcestershire received £1.6 million to provide support to vulnerable households and families. This can be used to support the costs of heating, utility bills and various other items, and is available at the local authority’s discretion. Clearly, my hon. Friend should contact her local councillors and the leader of the local authority for further details.