How to get help with your winter fuel costs

Winter is almost here and with it the likelihood of for cold days and nights. While recent winters have been mild, the Met Office contingency forecast for the first half of winter 2016/17 has indicated that colder conditions are more likely than during the previous three. If you are old, infirm or on a low income, then heating your home and staying warm through the colder months can be both challenging and dispiriting. But there are some government schemes designed to help you cut your winter fuel costs. And even if these are not as generous as you might like, every little helps as they say. How you can get help with winter fuel costs Budgeting loans If you are in receipt of pension credit, the income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income support of the Employment and Support Allowance, then you may be eligible for a Budgeting Loan from the Social Fund. People who are in receipt of Universal Credit can apply for a Budgeting Advance. If you’ve been receiving one of these benefits fo


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