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Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department makes available to ensure that people with (a) Parkinson's and (b) other progressive conditions are able to adequetely heat their home; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

People with Parkinson’s and other progressive conditions receive general financial provision towards costs, including heating, through Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Additional help is available to those entitled to income-related benefits - such as Employment and Support Allowance - through the support component and additional disability premiums.

Help is also available through Cold Weather Payments, and this winter, over 2 million low income households will receive a bill rebate through the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

Winter Fuel Payments also provide assurance to older people, who may suffer the worst impacts of a progressive condition, so that they can keep warm during the winter months.

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