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Cold Weather Payments

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cold weather payments were made in each postcode area (a) between 1 November 2008 and 31 March 2009 and (b) since 1 November 2009. (310828)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether her Department has plans to (a) increase the level of and (b) extend the eligibility criteria for the cold weather payment. (310829)

We have no current plans to increase the level of cold weather payments or extend the eligibility criteria.

Cold weather payments were increased to £25.00, from £8.50, for winter 2008-09 and kept at that level for 2009-10. This helped approximately 4.0 million people in homes across Great Britain. In all £210 million was spent in 2008-09 and 8.4 million payments were made (some received more than one payment). For this current winter we have already committed approximately £261 million at 12 January 2010.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information is contained in the notification of a cold weather payment sent to each recipient of the payment. (311358)

The cold weather payment notifications from the Pension Service and Jobcentre Plus contain common information relating to the amount, how it will be paid, the weather conditions that apply and the right of appeal.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official report, column 651W, on cold weather payments, if she will bring forward proposals to enable wind chill factors to be taken into account in determining eligibility for cold weather payments. (311387)

I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave on 14 January 2010, Official Report, column 1109W, to the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Carmichael).