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Cold Weather Payments and Winter Fuel Payment

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN HL6238, tabled on 21 February 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are in receipt of (1) the Cold Weather Payment, and (2) the Winter Fuel Payment.

Answered on

7 March 2022

There are an estimated 4 million eligible recipients for Cold Weather Payments in Great Britain. As at 18 February 2022 there have been six cold weather triggers, leading to 13,000 Cold Weather Payments being made this winter so far.

Winter Fuel Payments are payable to everyone who has reached State Pension age on or before the end of the third week of September in any particular year. The latest published Winter Fuel Payments statistics are for the period 2019/20 and show that 11.4m customers received a payment in Great Britain.