§ Mrs. Beckett
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many claims for cold weather payments have been received by each local office of his Department in respect of the week commencing 12 January.
§ Mr. Foulkes
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many applications have been received for the £5 severe weather payment for the week 12 to 18 January; how many had been paid by 20 January; and what is each figure as a percentage of the estimated number of people eligible.
§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why Tottenham Department of Health and Social security office has refused to accept a bulk claim for severe weather payments for the week 12 to 18 January inclusive from the Broadwater Farm neighbourhood office on behalf of pensioners over 65 years and families with children under the age of two years on supplementary benefit living within the London borough of Haringey; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will make it his policy that pensioners not normally in receipt of supplementary pensions should have their heating requirement assessed as £5 per week greater during exceptionally severe weather; and that if this additional cost puts them over the supplementary pension threshold they should receive the severe weather payment.