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.