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Winter Fuel Payments: Elderly

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the annual cost of raising the winter fuel allowance for the over-80s by £25 per annum. (132727)

The winter fuel payment has risen from £20 in winter 1997-98 to £200 from winter 2000-01 and to £300 for those aged 80 or over from winter 2003-04. The estimated annual cost of raising the winter fuel payment by £25 for people aged 80 or over in 2007-08 is around £50 million.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of increasing the winter fuel allowance for pensioners aged over 80 years by £25 per year. (135553)

[holding answer 3 May 2007]: The winter fuel payment has risen from £20 in winter 1997-98 to £200 from winter 2000-01 and to £300 for those aged 80 or over from winter 2003-04. The estimated annual cost of raising the winter fuel payment by £25 for people aged 80 or over in 2007-08 is around £50 million.