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Winter Fuel Payments: Suffolk

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of eligible pensioners in (a) Suffolk and (b) the East of England claimed the winter fuel allowance in each of the last five years. (162593)

The information requested is not available. We can only assess eligibility for those people who are in contact with the Department and whose circumstances are known. The vast majority of winter fuel payments are made automatically without the need to claim, but those people whose circumstances we are not already aware of, for instance because they are not on state pension or other benefits administered by DWP, would need to make a claim so that their eligibility can be assessed.

The following table shows the number of winter fuel payments made to people in Suffolk and the East of England in each of the last five years.

Payments made

Suffolk

East of England

2002-03

153,000

1,110,690

2003-04

155,730

1,128,200

2004-05

155,730

1,128,650

2005-06

158,630

1,145,550

2006-07

162,640

1,171,170

Notes:

1. Figures rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Government office regions and local authorities are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.

Source:

Information directorate 100 per cent. data