Barbara Keeley MP

LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara welcomes Christmas bonus for pensioners and carers

presentBarbara welcomed a new cash boost for over 23,000 local people as part of the Government's plan to offer financial help during the economic downturn.

Following the coldest start to winter in thirty years, the Government has formally ordered a special one-off payment of £60 to pensioners, carers, disabled people and those receiving bereavement benefits.

Barbara said:

"This Government’s Christmas bonuses will reach over 23,000 people in Worsley constituency, including over 16,000 pensioners who will receive an additional £60 starting in the New Year. I hope that this money, alongside extra Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments, means that no one in my constituency need worry about keeping on the heating this winter.”

This Government help is in addition to the extra £4 billion which will be spent on pensioners next year, announced by the Chancellor in the Pre-Budget Report. This means the biggest increase in the State Pension since 2001, bringing it from £90 to £95 a week, and the biggest increase in Pension Credit since it was introduced, so that no pensioner need live on less than £130 a week from April 2009.

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