Winter Fuel Payments

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Rosena Allin-Khan Rosena Allin-Khan Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of paying winter fuel allowance to recipients in more frequent instalments to assist people who have pre-paid for gas and electricity usage.

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Winter Fuel Payments are made annually, and largely automated, to ensure that administrative costs are kept to acceptable levels across 12 million payments. Although we have made no assessment of this specific proposal, we know that each level of complexity in the system increases the costs of delivery. Recipients are free to use the payment in the best way for them.

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