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Winter Fuel Payments: Sight Impaired

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 17 September 2008, Official Report, column 2226W, on sight impaired: disability living allowance, how much it would cost to extend the winter fuel payment to the same group of people with severe sight impairment. (246863)

Winter fuel payments are made to people aged 60 or over. The cost of such a change would depend on the precise definition used. On the same basis as used in the previous question, the estimated annual cost of extending winter fuel payments to all people under 60 with severe sight impairment is £4 million.

This estimate is based on a £200 winter fuel payment.