Should Winter Fuel Allowance only be given to those pensioners who need it?

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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.

Under Policy Exchange’s Welfare Manifesto pensioners would be asked to opt-in to receive the Winter Fuel Allowance. Currently, the Winter Fuel Allowance is given to all pensioners regardless of how wealthy they are. The proposals are said to be being actively considered by the Treasury.

Policy Exchange hopes that if pensioners had to opt-in to receive the benefit, the wealthy would decide to forego the payments, which come to between £200 and £300 a year. Poorer pensioners who receive Pension Credit however could keep the automatic payments.

Presenting pensioners with a choice to receive their Winter Fuel Payment could lead to hundreds of millions of pounds worth of savings, and is just one way to root out perceived unfairness.

What are your views? Would you like to have the choice to opt in or out, or do you think it should remain uncharged?

Should the Winter Fuel allowance only be given to those pensioners who need it?

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djbowden59
6th Nov 2015
0
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with the costs exceeding most peoples wishes, i believe some sort of restriction is needed.
Larger
30th Mar 2015
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I must say that it is nice to see the Notice of Payment for the Winter Fuel allowance arrive, but I don't think it would cause us to much of a problem if we did not get it. Should those better off pensioners get it ????. I don't think there are to many who refuse it. It's a Freebee and we don't get many of them.
Robert2706
7th Mar 2015
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Those living abroad should not get it at all wherever they live.

But the cost of managing the task of eliminating them would probably cost too much and need yet another army of civil servants of private enterprise to be employed as all civil servants are obviously far too busy and overworked to handle it
SovereignInventory
6th Mar 2015
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All pensioners should get the winter fuel allowance as it would cost a damn sight more for the ineffective bureaucracy of the DWP to administer the payments and apply the means testing. Not so long ago, there was a certain 'cheap' energy tariffs that people on pension credit could apply for but this cheaper tariff was withdrawn due to interference from the Govt and the responsibility to oversee any allowance fell to the DWP.
nagonthenet
2nd Mar 2015
1
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Everyone should get the WFA - Ken's idea is a good one and you could give it to just about any charity (gift relief applying so worth more) or just to a needy individual.
nagonthenet
2nd Mar 2015
1
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Perhaps Child benefit should be given only to those who need it?
Most seem to spend it on treats for the kids and themselves. There has been a huge proliferation of "days out with the kids" places in recent times. Most of these parents work and hardly see the kids so why can't they spend time at home with them - because they don't want the house messed up!
little owl
25th Feb 2015
2
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All our lives we have worked hard and paid into the NI so why should some people who have not saved or made provision for retirement be the only ones to receive this money. If I was confident that money not awarded as heating assistance but was held towards the NHS or other such very needy service to all in may feel differently but it would just disappear into some other hole. I know many did not earn enough to save and there will eventually be many more but the majority just spent all they earned.
Ken Skinner
23rd Feb 2015
2
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We actually give ours to a local charity for homeless and disadvantaged families. That is our choice. If we don't have that choice and it is not given where will it go? Will it just be squandered by the government of the day?
Archiebald
28th Feb 2015
2
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Thats very good of you Ken
CaroBee
10th Feb 2015
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For ease of administration, I think it should not go to pensioners in the higher tax brackets.
little owl
25th Feb 2015
1
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If there is to be a split then I would think this is the bests way of doing it or any money saved would be spent on admin and if people are paying top rate tax they are certainly not hard up.
den15
8th Feb 2015
2
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Regardless of how much money people have the winter rule allowance should be given to every pensioners how ever people who don't need it should be able to sign a disclaimer stating at this moment in time they don't need it.
mountainman
6th Feb 2015
2
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IT DONT MATTER WETHER THEY CAN AFFORD IT OR NOT THEY HAVE PAID THE SAME AS EVERYONE ELSE THROUGHOUT THERE LIFE POSSIBLY MORE AND THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO RECIEVE IT ,IF THEY WISH TO GIVE IT UP IT IS THERE CHOICE
kingsnorth
5th Feb 2015
3
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Who can I talk to? Do I have a voice?
I need my winter payment. I worked hard fo 56 years. Yes I never retired until I was 66
I left Barnardos when I was 16 went straight into lodging. Little or no money. No supporting parents. I have lived prudently throughout my working life . My wife went and died on me in Hospital. Coz the surgeons mucked up. She was 44 me 46 and I had to start again. No com pen sation either.
daydreams
5th Feb 2015
3
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I don't think it should be given to those who obviously don't need it, the people who earn lots of money either by working or from investments. Those on high income don't need it, but I do recall last year I think it was, several 'celebs' making a point of saying they were giving theirs away. It would have meant more had they not made sure we all knew about it!
michael523
5th Feb 2015
2
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Once they start that they will means test everything
Wilf
4th Feb 2015
3
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This is a real issue I think. Coming from a family who are not that well off but we have always paid taxes why should the people who have paid taxes not be able to have benefits back. Its a difficult question. On the other hand society should always look after people who need help.
Angel48
6th Feb 2015
2
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If some people wish to give up their winter fuel allowance it should be up to them. However, for the rest of us, I think we should be given this allowance, many of us are living on our pensions and just rubbing along. Keeping warm is not a luxury but a necessity, to keep healthy.

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