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Cold Weather Payments

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of John Robertson John Robertson Labour, Glasgow North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who will claim winter fuel allowance in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK in (i) 2014, (ii) 2015 and (iii) 2016.

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

The information requested is not available.

Caseload forecasts for Great Britain by individual benefit, including winter fuel payment, can be found on the internet at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/autumn_2012_211212.xls

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:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/index.php?page=wfp

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.

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