Former Miners offered fuel grants by coal mining charity

Coal mining charity CISWO is offering a £ 200 grant to former coal miners to help them cope with the rise in fuel costs in 2022.

Thursday, 5th May 2022, 2:26 pm

The scheme has been launched to provide some support towards combating the huge hike in the energy price cap which came into effect in April.

The one-off grant is available to former coal miners, their partners or widows, who are identified as being particularly vulnerable due to being on a low income, live in their own home and are responsible for paying for energy costs.

It is also only available to those former mine workers who have 10 years of service in the industry, or those whose last place of work was in the industry. Only one grant is available per household.

CISWO team on hand to provide information and support on offer to former Coal Miners

The current price rises will see millions of people having to pay about £700 more each year to heat their homes, and with former miners often suffering from health issues, poor mobility and managing on low incomes, they may be disproportionately impacted by the changes.

Nicola Didlock, CISWO – Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation – chief executive, said: “We are very aware many of our beneficiaries are vulnerable and susceptible to the cold, especially those on low incomes and trying to cope with ill-health, mobility issues and older properties to maintain.

“We want to ensure those individuals are identified and supported to keep warm and healthy, particularly during the colder months as the energy price rise begins to impact those most affected.”

CISWO’s personal welfare team will be identifying people in need and supporting them to get the help they are entitled to.

CISWO team on hand to provide information and support on offer to former Coal Miners

As well as the CISWO grant, they will help people to obtain other financial aid and subsidies from the government.

The team will also be on hand to provide information about other support on offer from CISWO for former miners and their dependants, including: confidential home visiting service; advocacy, information, advice and guidance; emotional support; benefit applications; access to mobility equipment; reducing loneliness and isolation; and access to holidays and convalescence

For more information about claiming the £ 200 CISWO grant, visit ciswo.org.uk or call 01623 625767.

CISWO team on hand to provide information and support on offer to former Coal Miners