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Winter Fuel Payments

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he conducted an equality impact assessment in respect of his decision to increase the qualification age for winter fuel allowance in line with the state pension age.

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The winter fuel payment is a universal benefit and the qualifying age is linked to women's state pension age under existing legislation. The equality impact assessment covering the Social Security (Equalisation of State Pension Age) Regulations 2009 includes the impact on winter fuel payments. A copy of the equality impact assessment was published on 18 June 2009 and can be found at the following link:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/equalisation-state-pension-age.pdf

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