ELDERLY customers in the borough who use Age Concern Energy Services are set to receive cold weather payments totalling £26,828 this year.
It means that gas customers aged 60 or over should receive an extra £22.88 following the coldest winter for over a decade.
Chris Weston from Age Concern Solihull said: “Customers on the Age Concern Energy Services tariff in Solihull are guaranteed a cold weather payment of £10 for all gas customers, which rises to £20 for customers aged 80 or above, which is paid out over and above the Government’s Winter Fuel Payment.
“Our additional cold weather payment is equivalent to an extra three hours use of a gas fire, and is paid to our gas customers aged 60 and over for each day that the temperature drops below freezing between December and the end of February. We even take the temperature from one of the coldest places in the UK - the Weathernet weather station in Pickering, North Yorkshire.
“As this winter was a particularly harsh one with a record amount of snow falling and temperatures dropping below freezing on 52 days out of a possible 90 days across the UK, we are delighted to help out older people who might be struggling with bills.”