The Government has committed to keeping the Winter Fuel Payment for the lifetime of this Parliament. The cost over the last five years is as follows:
The Government has not estimated the corresponding tax receipts had the Winter Fuel Payment been taxable.
There is a total of 11.4 million pensioners in the UK.
National Statistics, published by HMRC, show that in 2013/14, there were 6.12 million taxpayers whose main source of income is from pensions, of which 90 per cent pay the basic rate of tax and 6 per cent pay the higher rate of tax.