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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households will be eligible for winter fuel payments in 2005–06 but will not be eligible for the special £200 payment in respect of council tax.
We forecast that 8.4 million households will be eligible for a winter fuel payment in 2005–06, of these it is estimated that 3.5 million will not be eligible for the £200 council tax payment. This comprises:
1.7 million households where no one in the household is aged 65 or over.
1.8 million households where the eldest occupant is aged 65 or over and eligible for full council tax rebate because they are in receipt of the guarantee element of pension credit. Of these, 1.5 million households where the eldest occupant is aged 70 or over will however be eligible for the £50 payment for living expenses announced in the Pre-Budget Report.