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Cold Weather Payments

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the professional advice received from the Met Office on the basis of which it was decided that Bishopton weather station was the most appropriate station for the determination of cold weather payments for East Kilbride. (254884)

The advice received from the Met Office is as follows:

“The Cold Weather Payments scheme involves linking groups of postcode areas to weather stations that report to the Met Office on a daily basis. 76 such stations are currently used in the scheme. Each postcode area is linked to a station with the most similar climate in terms of mean winter temperature (mean for 1971-2000). The linkages that have been made also take account of topography, the extent of built-up areas and the distance from available weather stations.

East Kilbride is linked to Glasgow-Bishopton, approximately 15 miles to the north-west. The winter mean temperature at East Kilbride is 3.3 degrees Celsius and at Bishopton it is 3.7 degrees Celsius. An alternative station used in the Cold Weather Payments scheme is Salsburgh, approximately 12 miles north-east of East Kilbride. There the winter mean temperature is 2.6 degrees Celsius. On that basis, the more suitable linkage is Bishopton, which is used for almost all the Glasgow postcodes.”