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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to review the September qualifying deadline for the £400 winter fuel payment for those turning 80 years old with a view to moving it to later in the year.
The qualifying week is set in legislation as the third full week in September. We use this date so that we can establish entitlement, undertake the necessary checks and make payments before Christmas. The Government believe that making payments by Christmas every year is helpful in reassuring pensioners that they will have money available to pay for heating their homes during the coldest part of the year. We have no plans to change the qualifying week.