As the country tackles global cost of living pressures and rising energy prices, the Government has announced that, from this week, more than 11 million pensioners – including 29,092 here in our constituency – will automatically receive their regular Winter Fuel Payment, which is boosted by an additional £300 this year.
The latest payments are in addition to the £400 given to every household, as well as the Energy Price Guarantee which is worth on average £900 this year and will be worth £500 next year.
Commenting, Victoria Atkins said: “I welcome the vital action the Government is taking to support pensioners this winter.
"With the news that 29,092 pensioners in Louth & Horncastle will be receiving the £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment as part of their annual Winter Fuel Payment, as well as the news that the Triple Lock is being protected.
"Raising awareness of the support for pensioners was a pivotal aspect of my Winter Support Summit which I held recently with local organisations, and I would also encourage those who qualify for Pension Credit to take this up.
"Not only is it worth more than £3,500 on average a year but it is a gateway to further crucial support.
“There measures will give pensioners much needed support this winter and protect the most vulnerable in the face of rising prices.”
Ms Atkins is also encouraging pensioners to check if they are eligible for Pension Credit. Pension Credit provides a vital income ‘top up’ for some of our most vulnerable pensioners – worth more than £3,500 on average.
The Government are also protecting the State Pension Triple Lock and uprating benefits in line with inflation, delivering the biggest State Pension increase in history.
It is not too late for a pensioner to qualify for the second Cost of Living Payment, and to ensure that a successful backdated claim falls within the qualifying period for the second Cost of Living payment, Department for Work and Pensions is urging people to claim Pension Credit no later than 18 December.