Mr Darling told the House of Commons: "Last year, because of the steep increase in energy prices, I brought in a one-off increase in the Winter Fuel Allowance.
"Energy prices are now expected to come down. But to help pensioners even more, I intend to maintain this allowance at the higher level for another year."
He added that the allowance is worth £250 for over 60s and £400 a year for over 80s.
Mr Darling concluded that more than 5.5 million pensioners have less than £10,000 saved for their retirement and that it was those people he wanted to help.
The deadline line for claims for Winter Fuel Payments was March 30th 2009.
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