Vulnerable residents in Tooting will be able to keep warm throughout the cold snap thanks to emergency ‘cold weather payments’ they are automatically receiving from the government.
The £25/week payments are automatically paid out when the temperature drops below freezing for 7 days in a row.
In Tooting these payments began on the 4th January, and should arrive before residents receive their next fuel bill, so people should not worry about turning the heating up to keep warm throughout this period of cold weather.
The payment goes to people who receive pension credits, those who receive income support and have children under the age of 5 and people who receive a disability or pensioner premium.
Sadiq said: “I've been extremely concerned about energy costs and the well-being of Tooting residents, particularly older residents and those in poor health. During this cold weather, it is very important that the people look after their health. They should not have to worry about heating bills.
I would also ask residents to remember their friends and neighbours throughout this period of cold weather. These are difficult times for many people, especially older residents, so if you can, lend a hand. Something simple like doing the shopping for an elderly neighbour or making sure their heating is working properly can make the difference between life and death at a time like this.”