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Councillor Matheson with pensioner May Dryden, who receives the affordable warmth dividend.
Councillor Matheson with pensioner May Dryden, who receives the affordable warmth dividend.

GLASGOW city council is urging all city residents aged 80 and over to apply for their annual £100 Affordable Warmth Dividend.

As a bitter winter looks increasingly likely, the city fathers are hoping the elderly will take up the offer intended to lighten the load of paying massive bills. So far, a total of 30,000 payments have been awarded.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow city council, said: “Older people are particularly vulnerable to cold weather and many worry about how they will pay their heating bills as energy prices continue to rise.

“I’m delighted that for the third year running, the city council can help residents over the age of 80 keep warm during the winter.

Last year’s recipients will receive a letter from the councillor Matheson informing them that the cash is available this year too.

Also, if the council identifies anyone who is eligible, they will receive a letter.

Councillor Matheson continued: “So far we’ve been relatively lucky with the weather this year, but two years ago we had the coldest winter on record.

“I’d ask everyone to be prepared: if you think you might be eligible for the Affordable Warmth Dividend, please apply to the council.”

Payments are not restricted to one per household so if another person 80 or older lives at the residence he or she can apply too.

Those living in residential care or hospital can also apply.

Applications will be welcomed up until March 31 of next year.