HC Deb 24 November 1987 vol 123 c174W
98. Mr. Dunnachie

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how cold weather payments to retirement pensioners will be affected by the proposed changes in the social security system.

Mr. Scott

I announced to my hon. Friend the Member for Fylde (Mr. Jack) on 26 October at column184 that we intend to provide for a regulated system of help towards the cost of heating in cold weather. This will be paid as a right in a similar way to the arrangements for maternity and funeral payments under the social fund. Precise details will be considered in the light of this winter's experience.