Don’t miss out on help with fuel expenses

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Residents from the borough are among 301,000 across Northern Ireland to receive share of more than £52million in this year’s Winter Fuel Payments.

Winter Fuel Payments are issued annually to older people to help with heating bills and those qualifying could get up to £300.

Most households with someone born on or before January 5, 1952 are eligible for £200 towards their winter fuel bills.

Households with someone aged 80 and over will receive £300.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland is again encouraging those who have not received a payment but who think they may be eligible, to call the helpline.

New claimants, who haven’t yet claimed, can still download a form online at or call the helpline on 0845 9151 515, (0845 601 5613 for textphone users).