HC Deb 17 September 2003 vol 410 c1040 12.17 am
Mr. Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings and Rye)

I have the honour to present a petition prepared by Patrick Iddenden and others and signed by more than 100 residents of Hastings and Rye, mostly disabled, who seek an extension of the winter fuel payment to disabled people. Sadly, the first person named on the petition, Patrick Iddenden, has died suddenly since collecting the names, but his widow, Jacqueline, has requested that the petition still be presented.

Addressed to the House of Commons, the petition of Patrick Iddenden, Zena Gould and others declares: That disabled people suffer from similar mobility problems, and low incomes, as do the elderly, and that their need for warmth during winter months is equally important. The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge Her Majesty's Government to allow those on Disability Benefits to qualify for the Winter Fuel Allowance presently only available to the over 60s.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.