Brady welcomes Winter Fuel Payments
Sinn Féin MLA and spokesperson on Welfare, Mickey Brady, has welcomed the announcement that the Assembly's Executive Winter Fuel Payment scheme is to be released this week to those who qualify.
Speaking today Mr Brady said:
“The releasing of the Assembly's Executives winter fuel payment will be welcomed by many people who are finding it hard to make ends meet. Fuel poverty is growing and this will go some way to alleviating the difficulties faced by many people.
“The Tory led coalition cut this allowance yet given the circumstances locally the Executive decided it was necessary to rebuild this payment. They have not only reversed the cut but extended to others who were previously not able to avail of this scheme.
“The payment of this allowance this week is a clear indication of local initiatives delivering for local people.”
Aprox a quarter of a million fuel allowance payments of up to £100 will be made this month.
Qualifying will be those who in the week 12 to 18 December 2011, were in receipt of:
· Pension Credit,
· Income Support
· Jobseekers Allowance Income Based or
· Employment Support Allowance income related.
Payments will begin to issue in the week commencing 20 February. Those in receipt of Pension Credit will receive £100, with all others qualifying receiving £75.