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Severe Weather Payments

Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will make a statement on claims made for exceptionally severe weather allowances as a result of the ruling by the social security commissioners on the advice given by the adjudication officer;(2) if he will make arrangements for new claims for exceptionally severe weather payments to be invited from claimants with fuel bills that were higher than normal in the winter of 1984–85.

I understand that the chief adjudication officer expects shortly to issue further guidance to adjudication officers on how to deal with such claims in the light of the Social Security Commissioners' decision, and that this guidance will also deal with the handling of requests for review of adjudication officers' decisions on claims last winter.