250,000 to get one-off fuel payment this winter

Thu, 08/12/2011 - 19:39 -- Editor

The Executive has announced that some 250,000 people across the north will get a one-off fuel allowance payment.

People suffering from cancer, pensioners and the unemployed will all benefit from the move and are expected to recieve the payments in February.

The payments which are set to total £23m include:

£100 to those in receipt of Pension Credit

£100 for those receiving cancer treatment

£75 to those in receipt of Income Support

£75 to those in receipt of Employment Support Allowance income related

£75 to those in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance income based

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan welcomed today’s announcement by the First and Deputy First Ministers.

“I welcome this announcement by OFMDFM which will help shelter some of the most vulnerable people in society from the effects of the rampant rise in fuel and energy costs," he said.

“This announcement will be welcomed by pensioners, cancer sufferers and unemployed people in Derry and beyond who are already facing other financial pressures and difficulties in the run-up to Christmas.

“While this is welcome news, cancer patients should not have to depend upon a one-off payment but should instead be getting a Cancer Care and Support Allowance – which I have consistently lobbied for at Westminster.”