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Winter Fuel Payments

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households claimed winter fuel payments in each financial year since 2001-02; and how many have claimed in 2006-07. (128212)

The following table shows the number of household payments made from winter 2002-03. Information is not available for earlier years. Figures for winter 2006-07 are not yet available but we expect the number to be similar to that for winter 2005-06.

Household payments made

2002-03

8,100,040

2003-04

8,166,350

2004-05

8,377,370

2005-06

8,506,750

Notes:

1. Figures rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Any residence found to have four or more occupants aged 60 and over is not included in the household figures as it is assumed to be a care home.

Source:

Information directorate 100 per cent. data.