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Are you worried about the cost of keeping warm this winter?

Energy costs are a concern for many older people in the UK as the winter freeze approaches, Citizens Advice has warned.

Winter Fuel Payment or Winter Fuel Allowance is an annual payment to help with heating costs, made to households with someone over Pension Credit age.

Cold Weather Payments are made to eligible people when the weather is very cold.  You can get £25 a week when the average temperature has been‚ or is expected to be‚ 0°C or below for 7 days in a row (between 1 November and 31 March).

Is this allowance enough for you to heat your home and keep warm.  Are you aware of your entitlement to these payments?

Is the cost of heating your home this winter causing you concern?

Are you worried about the cost of keeping warm this winter?

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Wilf
14th Nov 2014
4
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What worries me is the winter has only just started with all the rain and the real cold comes in Dec and new Year. Heating bills are already coming in from October and not looking pretty. A long term solution must be for the government to pay for all lagging and help with insulating homes. It would save the UK a fortune and reduce our carbon emissions...maybe us Silversurfers need to start a petition?
Detritus
14th Nov 2014
3
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Last year I had to resort to heating just one room for an hour in the morning (7-8) and again in the evening (6-7). Welcome to Britain!
dougasteadman
11th Nov 2014
6
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I am worried about getting Ripped off by the industry who are a Cartel.
Wilf
14th Nov 2014
1
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I think thats the problem Doug they are really a Cartel and until someone breaks it prices will keep rising
Dandylads
11th Nov 2014
3
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We are lucky living in a block of flats. Heat rises so we benefit from that as well as having very good wall installation and double glazing. Before the insulation etc. we never raised the thermostat but put on extra clothing, wore slippers to keep our feet warm and had hot food, mainly soup with bread. There are ways to be warm and stay warm. If you can check out what energy suppliers offer you the best deals in your area.
Globetrotter
10th Nov 2014
6
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Too rich to get benefits - any benefits. Too poor to keep warm.
Bazeley
10th Nov 2014
4
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I'm pretty certain my elderly parents are not aware they could get this benefit. We are pretty good about shopping around for the best energy deal for us and for them but I don't think that many pension age people would be aware of the benefit they could receive.
Rob60
10th Nov 2014
7
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After hearing the news that oil prices have dropped - I'd like to be optimistic and think this will be reflected in a drop in my energy bills.

In reality though, I think it'll just boost the profit margins of the energy companies and energy prices will stay static or increase.

At least the cockles of my heart will be warmed by the knowledge that the EDF fat cats will have a cosy mansion this Christmas paid for by their gross profits.

Winter heating is always a worry - and there's talks of a very cold winter ahead.
silkworm
10th Nov 2014
4
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I always shop around and get the cheapest quote then I go back to my current supplier and it is amazing how they can always find a cheaper tariff
Jo Kingham
10th Nov 2014
5
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The "brand new customer only" policy drives me mad too! They should give you the best deal every time and look after their existing customers
Archiebald
10th Nov 2014
5
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Silkworm...thats what makes me so angry its like the phone companies why don't they just give their customers the best prices anyway? When I go to the pub and have a beer its £2.50...its not a barter situation where depending if you ask it could be less..or if I say "its too much I will go to the pub up the road" the publican says "Ok you can have a pint for £2.25" ...the energy companies really need to get their act together and act for the customer!
Baxi
14th Nov 2014
3
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I agree Achiebald ... it makes me mad! They make so much money and their customer service is appalling!
Jo Kingham
10th Nov 2014
4
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I'm always really worried about the cost of keeping in warm in the winter. The winter fuel payment helps a bit but it still costs a fortune. I do my best to keep my bills down by pulling curtains as soon as it gets dark, wearing extra clothes, and sitting with a blanket on at night for warmth. My hot water bottle is a god send. I still fail to understand how the big energy companies are allowed to make so very much money from us - it's not like we have a choice as to whether we use them or not! Let's pray the milder weather continues!
Archiebald
10th Nov 2014
6
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I am worried about the cost of heating my home. I think most people are to be honest as the energy prices keep on increasing which is strange when the price of oil keeps decreasing. Also the cold weather payment just seems to be totally complicated, surely the government could make it a lot simpler for people. I saw a breakfast TV programme last week and a lot of older people scrimp on their food bills to pay for more heating which just seems ridiculous in the UK.

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