Count how many ederly people are in care homes throughout the uk. Why do they receive the winter fuel allowance because as a care home owner I keep them all warm. I pay the extra bills. My residents do not pay a penny more during the winter or in harder winters either. If someone in government counted the number of privately funded people in care and worked out how much money is going into the fuel payments for them it would rund into hundreds of thousands.
Why does this idea matter?
Don't call it winter fuel payment if it isn't. If it is, then pay it to those who have to pay the extra heating costs, especially those poor elderly in the community. It doesn't seem right to me that the money is not distributed fairly. Is it a winter fuel payment or not?