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Cold Weather Payments

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions at what level cold weather payments were in each year from 2002-03 to 2006-07; and how many people received cold weather payments in each of these years. (103275)

The level of a cold weather payment in each year from 2002-03 to 2006-07 was £8.50 for each period of seven consecutive days when the average temperature was recorded as, or forecast to be, 0°C or below at the weather station linked to an eligible customer’s postcode.

The available information is given in the table.

Estimated number of people who received cold weather payments

2002-03

1,350,000

2003-04

280,000

2004-05

170,000

2005-06

610,000

2006-07

0 so far

Notes:

1. Some people received more than one cold weather payment in a financial year. Therefore the number of cold weather payments made each year was greater than the number of people who received them.

2. The first two sources allow estimates for each year of the number of people who received cold weather payments and the number of payments made. The comparison between the estimated and actual numbers of payments made has been used to refine the estimate of the number of people who received payments.

3. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10,000.

Sources:

1. Scans of the benefit systems taken at the end of October in each financial year giving the estimated numbers of qualifiers by weather station. (This excludes people on income support and income-based jobseeker’s allowance who qualified because they had a disabled child aged five or over and who received support for that child via child tax credit.)

2. Lists of weather stations for which cold weather payments were actually made.

3. Monthly reports of the actual numbers of cold weather payments made.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from which weather stations measurements are taken for the purpose of assessing entitlement to cold weather payments. (103277)

The weather stations used to collect information in order to assess entitlement to cold weather payments are:

Aberporth

Albemarle

Andrewsfield

Aultbea

Aviemore

Bedford

Bingley

Bishopton

Boltshope Park

Boscombe Down

Boulmer

Braemar

Brize Norton

Capel Curig

Cardinham (Bodmin)

Carlisle

Cassley

Charlwood

Chivenor

Coleshill

Crosby

Culdrose

Dundrennan

Dunkeswell Aerodrome

Dyce

Edinburgh Gogarbank

Eskdalemuir

Flyingdales

Great Malvern

Heathrow

Hersmonceux West End

High Wycombe

Hurn (Bournemouth Airport)

Isle of Portland

Kinloss

Kirkwall

Lake Vyrnwy

Lerwick

Leuchars

Linton on Ouse

Liscombe

Loch Glascarnoch

Loftus

Lusa

Lyneham

Machrihanish

Manston

Marham

Nottingham

Pembrey Sands

Plymouth

Rhyl

St. Athan

St. Catherine’s Point

St. Mawgan

Salsburgh

Scilly St. Mary’s

Sennybridge

Shawbury

South Farnborough

Stornoway Airport

Thorney Island

Tiree

Tulloch Bridge

Valley

Waddington

Walney Island

Wattisham

West Freugh

Weybourne

Wick Airport

Wittering

Woodford

Yeovilton