To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria are used to set the birthday dates for winter fuel allowance allocation.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the birthday date for qualification for winter fuel allowance is planned to be for (a) men and (b) women in each of the next 15 years.
To receive a winter fuel payment a claimant has to have attained women’s State Pension age in or before the qualifying week which is the week beginning on the third Monday of September in that year.
The attached link provides details of the relevant dates as women’s State Pension age increases until equalisation with men’s State Pension age in November 2018.
Following equalisation entitlement to a winter fuel payment will be determined by having reached State Pension age in or before the September qualifying week.