Winter Fuel Payments

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Eddie McGrady Eddie McGrady Social Democratic and Labour Party, South Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on increases to the winter fuel payment; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced on 12 March 2008 the Government's intention to increase winter fuel payments; these were discussed within Government in the normal way.

Social security is of course a devolved matter in Northern Ireland.

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