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Winter Fuel Payments

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will raise the level of winter fuel payments to take account of recent increases in energy prices. (194533)

The winter fuel payment is worth £200 for households with someone aged 60 to 79 and £300 for households with someone aged 80 or over. It provides a significant contribution towards the cost of winter heating bills.

Next winter, 2008-09, a one-off additional payment will be made. Households with someone aged 60 to 79 will receive an extra £50 giving them £250 and households with someone aged 80 or over will receive an extra £100 giving them £400.