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TOPIC: Cold weather payment

Re:Cold weather payment 7 years 9 months ago #14623

  • vintage59
Thanks! I am waiting for an appeal date and have been since september! I have lost over £500 in benefits over that time, money that I just can't afford to loose, my electric cost's me over £100 a month and I just can't afford it now, when I changed electric supplier just over a year ago I told them I was disabled and on benefits and they said that at the end of the year I would get a 15% discount on my bill, when this didn't happen I phoned them and was told there was nothing on record about it so it couldn't be applied to my account. My bill is due in a week and I know i'm going to be in a lot of debt with them and I won't be able to pay, I know I don't have to pay it off but they will want to put up my monthly payment again to cover it and it's that I can't cope with.
When I first knew that I had to have a medical I never gave it a thought I would fail, I have had my disability most of my life and it's something that just keeps getting worse not better, it was a shock to be found capable of work so I have lost all confidance in winning my appeal and feel like giving up because the stress is too much. And now I have got frostbite in my fingers and toes, don't know yet if the damage is permanent have to keep seeing the doctor. I was getting all the benefits I am entitled to but not anymore and the result is I now have a new disability!

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Re:Cold weather payment 7 years 9 months ago #14635

  • indieames
Is your bill based on actual readings or estimates? £100 pm seems awfully high, I pay £33 (albeit for a one bed all electric flat). I've brought mine down a lot by things like using energy saving bulbs, turning things off at the switch etc.

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Re:Cold weather payment 7 years 9 months ago #14638

  • vintage59
My bills are actual readings and have been since day one, I am electric only, no gas, and I have storage heaters on economy 7, I make sure nothing is left on standby, all my bulbs are energy saving and there is only 2 of us. The electric company tried to put up my DD payments to £200 per month in november because I still owed them £350 even after paying them £100 a month, but I managed to stall them until the end of this week, then the weather turned really cold and I put on all the heating in my flat (I suffer Reynaulds disease, so suffer from the cold all year round, even in summer my hands are freezing) then I found out I don't even get a CWP anymore, so thats why i'm living in one room with frostbitten fingers and toes! This government should be ashamed of itself.

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Re:Cold weather payment 7 years 9 months ago #14645

  • indieames
I have a horrible storage heating blown air system, you have my sympathies! I hardly ever use it, just have lots of blankets everywhere.

Are you in a private rent/ your own home? If so then you should be able to get a warm front grant to get proper heating.

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Re:Cold weather payment 7 years 9 months ago #14648

A couple of things.

Firstly, some fuel companies have trust funds that you can apply to for help with paying off arrears. It's worth seeing if yours does.

Secondly, once you've paid off the arrears, why not look on a comparison company such as USwitch (there are others) and see which is the best tariff.

Thirdly, if the company threatens to cut you off, don't panic. Ask for a meter and tell them you're on benefits, because then they'll only take £3/week towards the arrears.

Fourthly, if this leads to debt, do get advice, for example from CAB, National Debtline, CCCS, Christians Against Poverty (who aren't evangelical) etc. You might be surprised how many organisations will accept token payments if you're on a low income and if you run up debts with a bank or credit card, quite a few will stop the interest accruing once a free debt advice service gets involved.

Good luck.

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