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Cold Weather Payments

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which weather stations are used in (a) Orkney and (b) Shetland to determine cold weather payments. (310733)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether she has had recent discussions with the Met Office on the inclusion of the wind chill factor in the methodology for calculating cold weather payments; and if she will make a statement; (310734)

(2) what recent assessment her Department has made of the merits of taking account of the wind chill factor in the methodology for calculating cold weather payments; and if she will make a statement.

The cold weather payment scheme does not take account of wind chill factors, and there are currently no plans to change this.