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Heating Addition

Volume 82: debated on Tuesday 2 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what number and percentage of supplementary benefit claimants are receiving central heating addition nationally and in the west midlands;

(2) what number and percentage of supplementary benefit claimants are receiving the higher central heating addition nationally and in the west midlands;

(3) what number and percentage of supplementary benefit claimants are receiving heating additions on the grounds of (a) ill health and (b) old age nationally and in the west midlands.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what number and percentage of supplementary benefit claimants in Lancashire are receiving central heating addition;(2) what number and percentage of supplementary benefit claimants are receiving the higher central heating addition;(3) what number and percentage of supplementary benefit claimants in Lancashire are receiving heating addition on grounds of

(a) ill health and (b) old age.

Available information on claimants receiving these heating additions in December 1983 is as follows. It is not possible to identify the number of claimants receiving a heating addition on grounds of ill health. Information on heating additions is not available separately for claimants in the west midlands or Lancashire.

Number (thousands)Percentage of all Supplementary Benefit claimants
Central heating additions
Total1,01023
Higher rate only56213
Age related heating additions
Pensioners2586

Source: Annual Statistical Enquiry 1983.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he has consulted the fuel boards on the implications of abolishing central heating addition.

The proposal announced by my right hon. Friend on 18 June was that existing recipients of central heating additions would continue to receive them whilst they remained on supplementary benefit (and entitled to the additions under the present rules), but that no further awards would be made with effect from 5 August. We have not consulted the fuel industries about this proposal.