Cold Weather Payments: Easington

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th March 2012.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Easington constituency received a cold weather payment in each of the last five years.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

There are two weather stations associated with the Easington constituency. The number of benefit units we estimate to have had a payment in the area covered by the weather stations is in the following table.

Table 1: Estimated number of cold weather payment made for weather stations linked to postcode districts in the Easington constituency
Weather s tation 2011-12 2010-11 2010-09 2009-08 2008-07
Albemarle 147,400 743,000 728,800 589,200 0
Loftus 56,100 224,400 110,000 58,500 0
Notes: 1. The information provided is Management Information. Our preference is to answer all parliamentary questions using Official/National Statistics but in this case we only have Management Information available. It is not quality assured to the same extent as Official/National Statistics and there are some issues with the data; for example, figures given are estimates. Actuals are not available. Estimates for 2011-12 may be revised after the end of the cold weather payment season, but will still be estimates not actuals. 2. A cold weather payment is made to an eligible customer when the average temperature has been recorded as, or is forecast to be, 0° C or below over seven consecutive days at the weather station linked to the customer's postcode. (When the temperature criterion is met, the weather station is said to trigger.) 3. All weather stations are linked both to an area within the Easington constituency and also to an area outside the Easington constituency.-Estimated numbers given are for the weather station as a whole, not for the part of the Easington constituency linked to the weather station. Sources: 1. Postcode district to weather station links: Department for Work and Pensions records. 2. Records of triggers and estimates of potential qualifiers by weather station: Department for Work and Pensions records.

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