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Cold Weather Payments: Scotland

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Ian Davidson Ian Davidson Labour, Glasgow South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received the extra cold weather payment of £60 awarded for the winter of 2008-09 in (a) Scotland, (b) Glasgow and (c) Glasgow South West constituency.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The £60 payment was a Christmas bonus. More than 15 million customers have been paid this additional Christmas bonus following the Chancellor's pre-Budget announcement on 24 November 2008.

Information about the number of Christmas bonus recipients in specific areas is not available, because the data are not collected in a form which would allow us to identify the geographical location of customers.

For the available estimates on the number of eligible pensioners in each parliamentary constituency, I refer the hon. member to the reply I gave to Julia Goldsworthy on 23 February 2009, Hansard, columns 99-100W.

For cold weather payments, the information requested is not available. Estimates of the number of people who received a cold weather payment during the winter of 2008-09 are not available geographically other than by weather station area. Some weather stations cover areas which straddle the border between Scotland and England.

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