Cold Weather Payments and Winter Fuel Payment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30 March 2023.

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Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Alba, East Lothian

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to review the value of the (a) winter fuel payment and (b) cold weather payment in the context of increases in cost of fuel and energy.

Photo of Laura Trott Laura Trott The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

In recognition of the current high cost of living, pensioners who are entitled to a winter fuel payment in 2022/23 and 2023/24 have received, or will receive, an extra Cost of Living Payment of £300 per household. The combined winter fuel and Cost of Living Payments are therefore £500 for households containing someone between State Pension age and 79, and £600 for those containing someone aged 80 or over.

There are currently no plans to review the current value of Cold Weather Payments paid to eligible people in England and Wales. The Scottish Government has introduced the Winter Heating Payment scheme, to replace Cold Weather Payments for people living in Scotland.

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