SOME of the Island’s least well-off families could get extra help with the cost of heating their homes this winter.
The States are to be asked to agree a 28 per cent rise in the winter fuel allowance which was last year paid to 2,250 families. Social Security Minister Paul Routier has lodged a proposal to increase the amount available to Islanders by about £150,000.
The increase would mean that payments would be 28 per cent above last year’s figure and is designed to help people to cope with the 26 per cent increase in fuel prices in the last year.
The winter fuel allowance is paid to families on Income Support with either an adult over 65, a child under three or a child or adult with a significant disability. A total of 2,250 families received monthly payments last winter.