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Covid: Winter fuel payment should be extended, MP says

More people mt be eligible for winter fuel payment to prevent "the worst fuel poverty
cr in a generation," a Plaid Cymru MP has warned.

Hywel Williams calling for the UK government to expand eligibility in light of the coronavir

Exting rules mean only people born on or before 5 October 1954 can receive the payment,
worth up to £300.

The Department for Work and Penons said the secretary of state would respond
"in due course".

In h letter to Thérèse Coffey, Mr Williams calls for the winter fuel payment to be made
available to:

- Families receiving child benefit
- People receiving universal credit
- Dabled people who are entitled to dability benefits
- People earning le than 60% of the UK median wage

"I am writing to urge you to gnificantly expand acceibility to the winter fuel payment to
prevent what could be the worst fuel poverty cr in a generation," the Arfon MP writes.

"With the overarching threat of the pandemic it the responbility of the government to
enre people can afford to stay warm th winter."

"We know that cold and damp homes will put those most vulnerable to Covid-19, including
older people and those with pre-exting respiratory conditions, at an increased rk of the vir,"
he added.

A Senedd report publhed earlier th year said 155,000 hoeholds in Wales, about 12% of
the total, were "fuel poor".

People on universal credit can already claim a cold weather payment of £25 for each seven
day period of "very cold weather".

People on a low income may also be able to get help with their electricity bill through
the warm home dcount scheme.

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