for Prime Minister's backing on winter payments donations
MP Tessa Munt has urged the Prime Minister to back an initiative
that encourages people who do not need their cold weather payments
to give them to those who are less fortunate.
Prime Minister's Question Time in the House of Commons, she urged
David Cameron to support Somerset Community Foundation's 'Surviving
Winter Appeal', a campaign that has been rolled out across the
UK by other community foundations.
She asked whether the PM would support a change being made to
the letters which are sent to people over 60 years old regarding
about the government's Winter Fuel Allowance.
She wants to see a 'tick-box' added to the letter to allow recipients
to automatically donate their payments to the appeal, helping
those suffering the effects of high fuel costs this winter.
Mr Cameron said he would look at the suggestion, but added that
he would "not want to see any unnecessary pressure put on
people to do something that might not be in their own best interests."
Tessa Munt said afterwards: "Somerset Community Foundation
ran a hugely successful campaign last year, helping the vulnerable
elderly in this county. I'm very keen to help make this year's
campaign an even bigger success."
"I think we need to make it as easy as possible for those
who can afford it to donate, so I was glad to have the opportunity
to put this idea to the Prime Minister."
"I shall be following up his answer with a request for meetings
with his team, as well as writing to the Treasury and the Pensions'
Minister who administer the Allowance - to push this idea
winter, it was reported that more than 420 people died in Somerset
from causes related to cold and poor living conditions.
Pictured: Burnham-On-Sea MP Tessa Munt in the House of Commons