Bromley pensioners benefit from winter payment scheme

Hard-up pensioners are set to benefit from a pioneering charity project this winter which will see those who don’t need their fuel payments donate to the more needy.

The winter fuel payment is a non-means tested amount which is given to everybody aged over 60 regardless of their income.

Now Bromley Community Fund is running a fundraising appeal called Surviving Winter and is selecting partner charities or community groups to benefit from the money it raises.

Capital Community Foundation spokesman Alex Czerniewska said: “We want people who think they can forego their payment to donate some or all of it.

“Some people really need their allowance but some people don’t. For some, the amount is just not enough to cover fuel costs.”

The money raised will be distributed to local organisations which will then give the money to those most in need. The scheme was piloted in Somerset last year and had a good response, raising around £50,000.

Priority will be given to those who can demonstrate that they are working with the most vulnerable and hardest to reach older residents in Bromley.

Rotary clubs, community groups and small charities have all been contacted to see if they want to apply for the money but the final decision on which organisations have been chosen will not happen until October.

Ms Czerniewska added: “Bromley is a flagship area for us because of its ageing population so we’re really hoping to make it work.

“We will give priority to the really small grassroots organisations with less than £200,000 turnover per annum. We decided to run this special scheme in Bromely because we have a really good bank of people who are really engaged in helping the community fund.”

Around 25,400 elderly people died from cold-related illnesses in 2010.

TThe deadline for applying for funding is 5pm, August 29. For criteria see

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