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Winter Fuel Payments

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in each (a) constituency and (b) weather station area who would be eligible for cold weather payments should temperatures fall below the trigger point. (249424)

Estimates of the number of benefit units eligible for cold weather payments are not available by parliamentary constituency or local authority, but only by weather station. The available information is given in the following table:

Estimated number of benefit units eligible for cold weather payments by weather station in Great Britain in 2008-09

Weather station

Admin area

Estimated number of eligible benefit units

Aberporth

Ceredigion

4,700

Albemarle

Northumberland

146,100

Andrewsfield

Essex

68,200

Aultbea

Highland

500

Aviemore

Highland

800

Bedford

Bedfordshire

84,100

Bingley

West Yorkshire

160,900

Bishopton

Renfrewshire

205,300

Boscombe Down

Wiltshire

13,000

Boulmer

Northumberland

14,600

Braemar

Aberdeenshire

1,600

Brize Norton

Oxfordshire

25,900

Cardinham (Bodmin)

Cornwall

13,400

Carlisle

Cumbria

14,900

Cassley

Highland

400

Charlwood

West Sussex

43,000

Charterhall

Scottish Borders

2,900

Chivenor

Devon

9,800

Coleshill

Warwickshire

310,300

Crosby

Merseyside

271,700

Culdrose

Cornwall

22,500

Dundrennan

Dumfries and Galloway

5,300

Dunkeswell Aerodrome

Devon

40,800

Dyce (Aberdeen Airport)

Aberdeen

29,200

Edinburgh Gogarbank

Edinburgh

81,500

Eskdalemuir

Dumfries and Galloway

6,400

Filton

South Gloucestershire

58,800

Heathrow

Greater London

583,400

Hereford-Credenhill

Herefordshire

53,200

Herstmonceux West End

East Sussex

26,500

High Wycombe

Buckinghamshire

21,200

Hurn (Bournemouth Airport)

Dorset

38,000

Isle of Portland

Dorset

5,100

Kinloss

Moray

14,900

Kirkwall

Orkney

1,200

Lake Vyrnwy

Powys

6,000

Leconfield

East Riding of Yorkshire

52,800

Lerwick

Shetland

1,200

Leuchars

Fife

42,600

Linton on Ouse

North Yorkshire

138,900

Liscombe

Somerset

7,700

Loch Glascamoch

Highland

800

Loftus

Redcar and Cleveland

57,900

Lusa

Highland

700

Lyneham

Wiltshire

36,800

Machrihanish

Argyll and Bute

3,200

Manston

Kent

109,100

Marham

Norfolk

25,700

Norwich Airport

Norfolk

50,400

Nottingham

Nottinghamshire

252,600

Pembrey Sands

Carmarthenshire

55,900

Plymouth

Plymouth

25,200

Redesdale

Northumberland

6,200

Rhyl

Denbighshire

16,700

St. Athan

Vale of Glamorgan

58,300

St. Catherine’s Point

Isle of Wight

4,100

Salsburgh

North Lanarkshire

15,100

Scilly St. Mary

Isles of Scilly

100

Sennybridge

Powys

67,500

Shap

Cumbria

4,900

Shawbury

Shropshire

64,700

South Farnborough

Hampshire

60,400

Stornoway Airport

Western Isles

2,800

Thorney Island

West Sussex

113,000

Tiree

Argyll and Bute

100

Trawsgoed

Ceredigion

3,400

Tulloch Bridge

Highland

2,200

Valley

Anglesey

13,300

Waddington

Lincolnshire

90,000

Walney Island

Cumbria

23,100

Wattisham

Suffolk

54,600

West Freugh

Dumfries and Galloway

5,000

Wick Airport

Highland

2,600

Wittering

Peterborough

28,200

Woodford

Greater Manchester

208,600

Yeovilton

Somerset

27,400

Notes:

1. The admin area gives the location of each weather station, not the area which is linked to the weather station. For example, Heathrow weather station covers almost all of Greater London, but not all of it, and some areas outside Greater London are linked to Heathrow weather station.

2. The estimated numbers of eligible benefit units are the most recently available, but they are only estimates.

3. The estimated numbers of eligible benefit units have been rounded to the nearest 100.

Sources:

Admin areas for weather stations: the Met Office, October 2008.

Estimated numbers of eligible benefit units: analysis of a scan of benefit recipients eligible for cold weather payments taken at the end of October 2008.