To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the Banff and Buchan constituency have received Cold Weather Payments in each of the last five years.
11 February 2019
The Cold Weather Payment scheme is administered at weather station level rather than any other standard GB geography such as constituency level. The coverage area for each weather station is determined by the Met Office which assesses the most appropriate weather station for each postcode area. Cold weather payments are triggered when the average temperature recorded at the weather station has been recorded as, or is forecast to be, 0oC or below over seven consecutive days, during the Cold Weather season (November to March).
The constituency of Banff and Buchan covers all or part of the following postcode areas: AB41-5, AB51, AB53-4, and AB56.
The above postcode areas are covered by three weather station: Aboyne, Dyce, and Kinloss. Qualifying individuals living in this area will have received a payment in respect of a seven-day period of Cold Weather, as shown in Table 1.
Table 1 Estimated number of Cold Weather Payment recipients, by year and weather station
¹ There were two triggers at this weather station; recipients will have received two payments in that year. ² There were five triggers at this weather station; recipients will have received five payments in that year.
Aboyne, Dyce and Kinloss weather stations cover the following postcode areas, in Table 2, which include constituencies other than Banff and Buchan. We estimate that 78,000 payments, to 36,000 recipients, were made in this area as a whole in respect of the triggers in 2017/18. We are not able to break this figure down to a lower level.
Table 2 Postcode sectors mapped to Weather Stations
Postcode Sectors Covered
AB30-34, AB38, AB51-55, DD8-9.
AB10-16, AB21-25, AB39, AB41-43.
AB44-45, AB56, IV1-3, IV5, IV7-12, IV15-20, IV30-32, IV36.
- The number of recipients and payments given here is an estimate as information on the exact number is not readily available. These figures are produced by determining the volume of eligible recipients in each weather station area at the start of the winter season and using these figures throughout the winter to estimate payments and expenditure based on the actual triggers recorded.
- The number of payments made is not necessarily the total number of individuals benefitting from a Cold Weather Payment. Any individuals making a joint claim for one of the qualifying benefits, such as a couple living together, will receive one payment between them rather than one payment each. Furthermore, if a weather station triggers more than once throughout a cold weather season then the recipients will receive more than one payment.
- Estimates of Cold Weather Payments are published weekly during the Cold Weather season. The latest published estimates can be found at the link below: