Winter Fuel Allowance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of James Purnell James Purnell Labour, Stalybridge and Hyde

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many senior citizens in Stalybridge and Hyde have benefited from the winter fuel allowance since 1997.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister for pensions, Department for Work and Pensions

The number of senior citizens in the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency who have benefited from a winter fuel payment in each year since 1999–2000 (including provisional figures for 2003–04) is in the table. Information relating to the 1997–98 and 1998–99 winters is not available.

Payments made
1999–2000 13,760
2000–01 15,230
2001–02 15,395
2002–03 15,535
2003–04 15,580

Notes:

1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest five.

2. Please note that the figures for 2003–04 refer only to the main payment run i.e. they do not include the late payment run figures. We estimate that there are approximately 100,000 people in Great Britain paid via late payment runs (0.8 per cent. of all payments). However, since late payment runs are mainly in respect of non-system cases whose claim had not been received by Qualifying Week, they are heavily skewed towards men aged 60.

Source:

IAD Information Centre, 100 per cent. samples.

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