MP Argues Case for Winter Fuel Allowances

January 17, 2014

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley applied pressure to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions this week to confirm that the government will continue to provide the winter fuel allowance to Northern Ireland after the next General Election scheduled for mid 2015.
Mr Paisley made the point that over 300,000 pensioners in Northern Ireland currently enjoy the allowance and asserted that it is essential its upkeep is maintained for the rest of this Conservative term in power and carried on should they be re-elected. “The winter fuel allowance provides many Northern Irish pensioners with the reassurance that they can enjoy the comfort of heating their homes throughout the winter months.”
Iain Duncan Smith made it clear that his Conservative government are committed to seeing out the allowances until the end of this parliament but refused to commit to its continuation beyond the next General Election commenting “All further commitments will be made and published in our manifesto.”
Mr Paisley noted “It is horrific to hear the ever increasing amount of families and indeed elderly people across the United Kingdom who find themselves faced with the ‘eat or heat’ dilemma throughout the winter months. This should never be the case in a society such as our own and the two major parties need to make immediate pledges to ensure that pensioners in Northern Ireland can be safe in the knowledge that their fuel allowance will be maintained in the next government. Furthermore I believe it essential that commitments should be made to increasing the numbers entitled to the allowance for winters to come.”

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