Winter Fuel Payments

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East Midlands and (d) England were in receipt of the winter fuel allowance in each of the last five years.

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

The information is in the following table:

  2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Ashfield parliamentary constituency 21,580 22,460 22,600 22,440 22,460
Nottinghamshire local authorities 220,390 224,500 225,920 224,050 223,080
East Midlands region 948,090 970,140 980,730 975,420 974,000
England 10,592,900 10,810,130 10,896,780 10,815,460 10,773,770
Notes: 1. Reductions in the overall numbers from 2011-12 are primarily due to the qualifying age for WFPs increasing in line with the increase in women's state pension age. 2. Figures are rounded to the nearest ten and therefore totals may not sum. 3. Local authorities are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory. The Nottinghamshire LAs comprise the local authorities of Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Broxtowe, Gedling, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood and Rushcliffe and also Nottingham unitary authority. 4. These tables recognise the April 2009 structural changes to the local authorities of England. 5. Figures from 2009-10 to 2012-13 are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions/series/winter-fuel-payments-caseload-and-household-figures Source: Information Governance and Security Directorate, DWP

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