Huppert champions winter fuel payments for severely disabled

June 30, 2010 10:54 AM

Julian HuppertA call from the county's Papworth Trust to give winter fuel payments to all severely disabled people is being championed by Cambridge MP Julian Huppert.

He has called on the government to reform the winter fuel allowance so that disabled people could receive help with their heating costs.

Julian claims the change could be paid for by delaying universal age-related winter fuel payments until people reach 65 thereby saving money for the Treasury at the same time.

He raised the issue in a Commons' Early Day Motion, congratulating the Papworth Trust on its campaign to better educate disabled people on how to keep warm in the winter.

He said: "It is extremely important that we recognise that disabled people are likely to be home during the day and can struggle to afford to keep their homes warm in cold weather. It is vital, therefore, that the government reforms the present system of winter fuel payments and offers these people help to meet their heating costs.

"The Papworth Trust should be commended for raising this issue and doing everything it can to protect these vulnerable people."

Julian's EDM says that "disabled people are twice as likely to live in poverty as non-disabled people".

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