[holding answer 2 February 2010]: Cold weather payment information is only available by weather station, not by constituency or county. The number of cold weather payments authorised in December 2009 for Great Britain is estimated to be 4.0 million. Information on cold weather payments in Northern Ireland is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
1. The information provided is for the estimated number of payments that were authorised in December- this does not necessarily mean they were paid in December.
2. Some people had more than one payment authorised, so the number of payments authorised is greater than the number of people for whom payment was authorised.
DWP records of triggers to weather stations notified in December 2009 and estimates of potential qualifiers by weather station.