Postcode lottery for Dagenham pensioners

DAGENHAM S shivering pensioners have been denied government fuel cash in a postcode lottery that will see neighbours in Barking enjoy a warmer winter. Under the daft system, thousands of elderly residents have not been eligible for extra cold weather p

DAGENHAM'S shivering pensioners have been denied government fuel cash in a postcode lottery that will see neighbours in Barking enjoy a warmer winter.

Under the "daft" system, thousands of elderly residents have not been eligible for extra cold weather payments - a grant given out when temperatures consistently hit freezing - while those living just yards away have.

Despite Dagenham having exactly the same weather as Barking, the areas' temperatures are measured by different weather stations nearly 60 miles apart. .

Angie and Robert Woolnough thought they were entitled to the extra �25 payout but when they went online and typed in their RM8 postcode they discovered they were not.

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