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Topic : The Winter Fuel Allowance and Foodbanks

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04/12/2017 : 19:30:14      reply with quote

The Winter Fuel Allowance Payments to people aged 64 and over is due to be paid during November and December. The Winter Fuel Payment is paid directly into the bank, or a cheque is sent and a letter is normally sent to inform people how much they are going to get, and when they are going to get it.

It is common knowledge that these payments are not distributed according to need as it is much more economical to pay this to all the over-62 population, whatever their economic circumstances. As a result, many recipients of these payments often feel embarrassed or awkward that they have received a payment that they really do not need nor, under normal circumstances, would consider applying for.

If a member of your family or your friendship network is in this position, I wonder if they would consider contributing a portion of their Winter Fuel Allowance to where it would be make a significant difference.

Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank is run by volunteers and depends on contributions of money or non-perishable foods in order to meet an ever-increasing demand. We currently donate over 1,000 bags of food per month, through professional intermediaries, to those who struggle to make ends meet, which now includes NHS trainee nurses, working families and we are increasingly receiving requests from primary schools. The need and demand is progressively rising due to the benefits freeze, low wages, under-employment, unemployment and other causes of serious hardship, the like of which has never been so widespread in recent memory.

We would be grateful if you could discuss this with any relative or friend who is in receipt of the Winter Fuel Allowance and who would be in a position to consider donating some of it to help those who are having to rely on the support of food banks.

It is easy to donate to the Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank. You can donate on line, via our website;

or we will accept cheques, which can be made payable to “Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank” and posted to:

The Treasurer

Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank

c/o 37 Heights Lane

Bradford BD9 6JA

Please note also that we would welcome the opportunity to come and speak to your members about the work the Food Bank does. Please contact us at the above address or via;-

Yours sincerely,

Bradford Food Bank Volunteer Committee

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