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The UK Government fails to help over one million vulnerable elderly people!

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:57 pm
by natalie
The UK Government has a scheme helping elderly citizens heat their houses through tough winters, namely the Warm Front Scheme. This, in theory, sounds like a good thought through idea. However, when investigating if pensioners need help with heating their houses the Scheme uses means- testing. This obviously means that elderly people that have been saving money all their lives, elderly people not already getting benefits from the government, fall through the cracks of the system, leaving over 1 million pensioners excluded from getting the help they need.

The pensioners that are allegeable for the grants get up to £2700. However, according to a report from the Nation Audit Office (NAO), nearly 2 million people were left without any assistance as they did not claim the relevant benefits, such as Pension Credit, Housing benefit or Council Tax benefits, and so where not qualified to receive the grant.

Joe Harris, NPC general secretary said: “It’s about time the government realised that means-testing and pensioners simply don’t mix.”

The failure of the scheme coupled with the current financial situation has had a devastating outcome; one in three elderly people can’t afford to heat their houses, and so between December 2007 and March 2008, 23 300 elderly died of cold related illnesses.

What does everyone think? Is this really tolerable?

RE: The UK Government fails to help over one million vulnerable elderly people!

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:23 pm
by tim45
To be honest I think its not only tolerable, but the right way of doing it. If people are claiming benefits for something else they are obviously struggling badly enough to need extra help with heating too.

Otherwise people that can actually afford heating but just arent prioritising it could abuse the system for grants!

RE: The UK Government fails to help over one million vulnerable elderly people!

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:06 am
by hanika
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