A SOUTH Tyneside MP is backing a campaign for people to donate their winter fuel payments to those less fortunate.
The Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter campaign, is an initiative which helps to “recycle” payments so that they reach the neediest households in danger of fuel poverty.
South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck is supporting the scheme which she believes can make a read difference.
She said: “Fuel poverty is sadly on the increase under David Cameron’s government, and it’s the poor and the elderly who are most at risk.
“The Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter appeal can help make a real difference and help someone keep their home warm this winter.
The campaign allows pensioners who receive winter fuel payments, but who do not need the money, to donate their payment to support other older or vulnerable people.
“Last year, more then £1.46m was raised nationally, including £22,000 in Tyne and Wear alone.
It is claimed nearly a quarter of British households are unable to heat their homes properly, and since 2010.
Professor Chris Drinkwater, on behalf of Community Foundation, said: “Fuel poverty is a vital social issue which can take away the independence of older people, increase debt and in some instances result in death. If people do not need their winter fuel allowance this year, please donate it to Surviving Winter so that we can help those who need our support.”
People who want to make a donation can call 222 0945.