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welshmoneylover wrote: »
So do working people.
I've had kids at home from school while I'm at work.
Obviously the heating has been on more, plus it's also been left on over night to avoid any pipes freezing up.
'Healthy' people can feel the cold, I for one, feel the cold more than others as I have a touch of raynards.
johnwayne wrote: »
I too have Raynauds although more than a touch of it.
I also have 2 chronic illnesses & the cold makes these conditions so much more painful.
Cold and damp does affect disabled & elderly people more than normal people.
TOBRUK wrote: »
One thing is certain there are going to be people who will argue our need is gtreater than yours or theirs etc!
Winter fuel payments are at present guaranteed to those over the age of sixty. However there are many people out there who have long term chronic illnesses which means they often need their heating on for longer than normal but are afraid too because of the cost. If a payment was guaranteed for £400 it would really lift the burden that we currently face. At present I have to use several blankets to try and keep warm as I am worried about the heating bill and will only have the heating on a couple of times a day. I implore the government to look into this and see that something gets done for us. If you get a means tested benefit it means you lose out and those on Job Seekers Allowance and the like can get all and everything. The system needs to be fairer to the disabled people of this country.
johnwayne wrote: »
Thought some of you on here would be intersested in signing this petition asking the government to pay the winter fuel payment to disabled people as well. Most disabled people find that cold makes their conditions worsen.
I know there have been other petitions in the past but it doesnt hurt to keep the pressure up on them does it!http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/winterfuelforall/
Just to clarify that the petition asks that winter fuel payment is payable to all those in receipt of DLA. DLA is not a means tested benefit so therefore diabled people who are in work would also get it if the government agrees.
I am not the proposer of this petition I just came across it on the Fibromyalgia forum & thought it would be of interest to some.
sh1305 wrote: »
but some of us disabled people use more gas and electric.
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