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Winter Fuel Payments: Fife

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people over the age of (a) 60 and (b) 80 years have claimed a winter fuel payment in North East Fife constituency in each year since 2001-02; and what estimate she has made of the number of people in North East Fife constituency who will receive winter fuel payments in 2009-10. (296126)

The number of winter fuel payments paid to individuals aged (a) 60 and over and (b) 80 and over in the North East Fife constituency in each year since 2001-02 are as follows:

Number of individuals aged 60 and over

Number of individuals aged 80 and over

2001-02

16,310

n/a

2002-03

16,660

3,525

2003-04

16,875

3,565

2004-05

16,870

3,525

2005-06

18,280

3,850

2006-07

18,700

3,990

2007-08

19,390

4,070

2008-09

19,830

4,100

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest five, for years 2001-02 to 2004-05 inclusive, and to the nearest 10 for years 2005-06 onwards.

2. Data are not available for the number of individuals aged 80 and over that received a winter fuel payment in 2001-02 for the North East Fife constituency.

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

Source:

DWP Information Directorate 100 per cent. data.

Forecast benefit caseloads are not produced at constituency level, however we expect similar numbers as in 2008-09 to receive the winter fuel payment in 2009-10 in the North East Fife constituency.