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Winter Fuel Payments

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claim forms were received for winter fuel payments in 2007-08. (242516)

The vast majority of winter fuel payments are made automatically but people who are newly eligible and not in receipt of a social security benefit or those who only receive housing benefit, council tax benefit or child benefit need to claim.

In 2007-08 we received 458,334 claim forms in respect of winter fuel payments.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for winter fuel payments were made by households in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each of the last five years. (243901)

Information on winter fuel payment claims made by households in Essex and Castle Point is not available. Information about the number of payments made to households in those areas is in the table. 2006-07 is the latest year for which information is available.

Winter fuel payments to households

Essex

Castle Point

2002-03

195,215

13,405

2003-04

198,080

13,765

2004-05

204,420

14,395

2005-06

207,900

14,690

2006-07

212,550

15,120

Notes:

1. Figures from 2002-03 to 2004-05 are rounded to the nearest five

2. Figures from 2005-06 are rounded to the nearest 10.

3. Parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.

Source:

Information directorate 100 per cent. data.