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Christmas comes late for 1,831 of our elderly

March 1, 2009

pension-logoChristmas bonus payments for 1,831 elderly people in Hastings & Rye to help with winter fuel bills will not be paid until nearly Easter, warns a leading local Liberal Democrat.

According to research carried out by Liberal Democrats in Parliament, nearly one in ten older people will be getting their Christmas bonus at a time when their grandchildren are getting their Easter eggs.

Nick Perry is leading calls in Hastings & Rye to speed up payments and make sure older residents of the area get their bonus as soon as possible.

“When the news has been full of bankers bonuses, this late payment is galling,” said Nick. “After a cold snap, and at a time of sky high heating and fuel bills, paying the bonus three months late is just not good enough.

“I am urging the Government to ensure that payments are made promptly next Christmas. Making the elderly wait until it’s nearly Easter is just not acceptable.”

Steve Webb MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said,

“The Chancellor, Alistair Darling, stood up in the House of Commons in November and promised pensioners a Christmas bonus on their winter fuel payments, but clearly this was nothing of the sort.

“It is outrageous that this money will not be reaching pensioners until nearly Easter.”

Parliamentary questions by Liberal Democrat MPs revealed that 8.69 percent of bonus payments – nearly one in ten – will not be made until March.


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