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Winter Fuel Payments

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many winter fuel payment cheques were issued in the last financial year; and how many of these were not cashed. (242846)

In winter 2007-08 we made over 12 million winter fuel payments to over 8.5 million households. The vast majority of winter fuel payments are made automatically into bank accounts. Only a small proportion of people receive their winter fuel payment in the form of a cheque.

In winter 2007-08, 295,769 cheques were issued in respect of winter fuel payments and over 96 per cent. of these were cashed.