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DX2 wrote: »
Winter Fuel Payments: DisabledDanny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of extending the winter fuel payment scheme to disabled people under 60 years who are in receipt of (a) the middle or higher rate care component and (b) the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance in each of the next five years. Mr. Mike O'Brien:Winter fuel payments were created to give pensioners reassurance that they can afford to heat their homes in winter. It is paid in a lump sum each winter to ensure that money is available when fuel bills arrive.Help is already available through disability benefits and the disability premium in income-related benefits in recognition of the extra costs, including heating, which disabled people may have. The extra heating needs of disabled people by and large, arise all year round, not just in the winter months.
Information is not available in the format requested. Many individuals are in receipt of both a care component and mobility component of disability living allowance (DLA).
The following table details the estimated cost of extending winter fuel payments to individuals in receipt of some combination of the higher or middle rate care component of DLA and/or the higher rate mobility component of DLA or one of these components on its own.http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080501/text/80501w0004.htm
sh1305 wrote: »
Do you know his circumstances though? No-one has to justify themseleves to you, as to what we do & don't spend our DLA on.
Like people have already said, DLA DOESN'T cover the full costs of being disabled. Try telling that to people like myself, who often have to save up their DLA to buy things, or spend their own money on disability related stuff.
For most people heating isn't the only disability related expensive they have.
fizzytrinket wrote: »
shouldn't we all be petitioning for cheaper gas and electricity across the board so that we can all worry less about our bill?
Trialia wrote: »
krisskross, if you missed my earlier post, I specified a lot of exactly what my DLA goes towards. I'm 23, and I live alone. Being young doesn't mean you automatically spend all your income on computer games or treats like that - your grandson appears to be a special case in that regard! Why don't his parents ask him for some form of contribution towards their taking care of him, if he doesn't give them anything? When I was living with my father and stepmother I did, and if I want a computer game I save up for it.
What you don't seem to realise is that Income Support, Housing Benefit and DLA still do not cover everything for those of us who do need help. I have to watch every penny to manage, just like people who do work - and it frustrates me that I can't work, because I've known what field I want to go into from a very young age, and the benefits that I get are just barely enough to live on.
krisskross wrote: »
As for DLA not covering all the cost of being disabled. It is only meant to help. Do you not get any other benefits? No income support, housing and council tax paid for etc?What you call spending your own money is possibly just other benefit payments. Do you think that working people don't have to spend 'their own money' on stuff they need or want? We as pensioners should be incensed that we have to spend some of our own money on heating. Why can't we just submit the whole bill and get it paid? Do you think non disabled people don't have to save up for things they want? Add up the total cost of your benefit package and I bet it comes to more than my £230 a month pension plus £1.25 a week as my share of a couple's WFP. And I worked from age 16 to 59.
sh1305 wrote: »
Not everyone on DLA receives other benefits. As stated in another thread, even if I received LHA, I wuld have to find another £10+ per week to cover rent. Being a full-time student exempts me from council tax; but that's not the point.
Actually you're wrong - my benefits per month are just under £150. Out of that, I am expected to pay for things such as nappy sacks, costs to & from hospital, taxi vouchers, (can't drive and am not really meant to be out by myself) extra washing, new clothes (I can only wear certain clothes for various reasons) and nappies / pads.
I can garuntee you that it comes to a lot more than £150 per month.
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