Winter Fuel Payments (Correction)

Work and Pensions written statement – made on 8th February 2007.

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Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

During Department for Work and Pensions oral questions on Monday 5 February, in response to a supplementary from Mr Mulholland, I said that 11.5 million pensioner households receive the winter fuel allowance every year and that the £200 winter fuel allowance—it is more than £300 if a person is over 80—is paid regularly to older people's household; Hansard, column 567. I should have said that 11.5 million winter fuel payments were made to over 8 million households in winter 2005-06 and I expect figures for this winter to be similar and that the winter fuel allowance is £300 if a person is over 80. I apologise to the hon. Gentleman for these inadvertent errors.