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Cold Weather Payments: Highlands of Scotland

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cold weather payments have been made and how much has been paid out to households in the Highlands in winter 2009-10. (320191)

[holding answer 4 March 2010]: The information requested is not available for the Highlands. Cold weather payment information is available only by weather station. There are a number of weather stations that cover the Highlands area and some of these also cover areas that are not part of the Highlands.

For winter 2009-10, for Great Britain, to 1 March an estimated 11.8 million cold weather payments worth an estimated £295 million have been authorised. Payments authorised have not necessarily already been paid.

Source: DWP records of triggers to weather stations up to and including 1 March 2010 and estimates of potential qualifiers by weather station.