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Caseload forecasts for Great Britain by individual benefit, including winter fuel payment, can be found on the internet at:
Table 1c provides caseload by year to 2017-18.
Information on the number of winter fuel payments paid is provided in the document ‘Winter Fuel Payment recipients 2011-12 by Parliamentary Constituencies and Gender (All)’. We expect a similar number of payments to be made in future years. This information is available on the internet at:
Over 95% of winter fuel payments are made automatically, without the need to claim, based on information held in DWP records. A small number of people whose circumstances we do not know need to make a claim. It is not possible to give the exact number of eligible people, but we have no reason to estimate that eligibility is materially different from the number of payments made.