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New fuel strategy 'urgently needed' for elderly

New fuel strategy 'urgently needed' for elderly
8th December 2008

The government's current fuel allowances for the elderly will help pensioners but many of the poorer demographic will need more support as they continue to struggle, according to one charity leader.

Gordon Lishman, the director general of Age Concern, said that strong and decisive action was needed by the government if it wished to help families and pensioners struggling to meet rising bills.

He said: "A new fuel poverty strategy, supported by a fair funding formula that recognises windfall gains to energy companies and increased VAT revenue due to recent price hikes, is urgently needed."

Mr Lishman also highlighted the need for pensioners to claim their benefits as millions of pensioners were missing out on up to £5 billion in unclaimed funds from the government, adding that this extra money could help with bills.

This news came to light after the Office for National Statistics noted that excess winter deaths rose by seven per cent between the winters of 2006/07 and 2007/08.

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