Winter Fuel Payments

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th April 2016.

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Photo of Lord Marlesford Lord Marlesford Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost to the public purse in each of the last five years of the winter fuel allowance; and what would be the tax receipt if it were subject to the same tax as retirement pensions.

Photo of Baroness Altmann Baroness Altmann The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

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:






£m 2,759





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.

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