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Winter Fuel Payments

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of households in (a) Eastbourne, (b) East Sussex and (c) the UK in which more than one individual receives the winter fuel allowance. (248817)

The information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The following table shows the total number of individuals who received a winter fuel payment and those who received a shared payment. Figures are for winter 2006-07, the latest year for which figures are available.

Total number of payments

Shared payments

Eastbourne parliamentary constituency



East Sussex local authority







1. A shared payment is made if there is more than one person entitled in a household. If however, an entitled person is receiving pension credit, income-based jobseeker’s allowance or income support then their payment is not shared. In these cases that person receives a full payment.

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest ten.

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


Information directorate 100 per cent data.

We expect that similar numbers of individuals will receive shared winter fuel payments in 2008-09.