Winter Fuel Payments: North West Region

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Mark Hunter Mark Hunter Liberal Democrat, Cheadle

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of pensioner households eligible for the winter fuel allowance in (i) Cheadle Constituency, (ii) Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and (iii) the North West.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State (Pension Reform), Department for Work and Pensions

The information requested is not available. We can only assess eligibility for those people who are in contact with the Department and whose circumstances are known. The vast majority of winter fuel payments are made automatically without the need to claim, but those people whose circumstances we are not already aware of, for instance because they are not on state pension or other benefits administered by DWP, would need to make a claim so that their eligibility can be assessed.

The following table shows the number of winter fuel payments made to households in the Cheadle constituency, Stockport metropolitan borough council and the North West in winter 2006-07. Figures for winter 2007-08 are not yet available but we expect the numbers to be similar.

Household payments made
Cheadle constituency Stockport metropolitan borough council North West
2006-07 14,960 44,480 1,027,700

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Parliamentary constituencies, metropolitan borough councils and Government office regions are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.

3. The figures refer only to the main payment run so they do not include the late payment run figures. We estimate that there are approximately 100,000 people in Great Britain paid in late payment runs (0.8 per cent. of all payments). Since most of the payment runs are to people who are not receiving another benefit from DWP and whose claims had not been received by the qualifying week, most are men aged 60 to 64.


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