HC Deb 25 February 1991 vol 186 cc399-400W
Mr. Andrew Bowden

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total number of people who(a) were entitled to and (b) claimed severe weather payments in 1986–87 and, so far as the information is available, in the current winter; and how many in each case were pensioners.

Mr. Scott

We estimate that about 2.2 million households are eligible to claim cold weather payments this winter, of whom 1.25 million are pensioner households. Information on claims made this winter is not yet available.

Cold weather payments in 1986–87 were made under the previous scheme. I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Moray, (Mrs. Ewing), on 14 February, at col 583, which lists the number of payments. Details are not available of the claims made, or of the numbers of people eligible for payments.

Mr. Meacher

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many cold weather payments were made each day from 1 February.

Mr. Scott

Information regarding the number of cold weather payments made is collected each calendar month. When it becomes available, the information for February will be placed in the Library.

Table A
Research currently underway
Project Cost Completion due
(£ thousands)
Maternity rights and benefits 144 Final report awaited
Consumer views of the attendance allowance medical examination In-house Completed: final report received
Invalid care allowance 142 Completed: final report received
Disability working allowance research 32 April 1991
Survey of incomes in and out of work2—Econometric analysis of durations 67 Early 1992
Survey of incomes in and out of work—further analysis of attitude data 10 Autumn 1991
Survey of incomes in and out of work—replacement ratio analysis In-house Autumn 1991
Severe hardship payments for 16/17 year olds 119 Final report awaited
Impact of family credit 204 August 1992
National child development survey—5th sweep 1175 July 1993
Operation of the social fund 330 December 1991
Survey of social fund review procedures 110 April 1991
Survey of credit and debt 111 April 1991
Preliminary study of people leaving certain long-stay institutions 5 Completed: Final report recently received
Improvements to family expenditure survey grossing up procedures 30 June 1991
Family credit and the self-employed 131 March 1993
Actively seeking work provisions 35 Awaiting final report
British household panel study 1125 March 1995
Survey of retirement and retirement plans 828 Autumn 1991
Analysis of data from the survey of retirement, including econometric modelling 54 December 1992
Consumer perceptions of personal pensions 26 Completed: final report recently received
British social attitudes survey 1991, 1993, 1994 160 Late 1992 (for 1991 survey)
OPCS omnibus survey 141 May 1991
Information needs of informal advisers 39 Completed: report recently received
Forms design 70 October 1991

Mr. Winnick

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what would be the additional cost if the cold weather payments were paid to those pensioners who receive(a) £20 a week above the income support maximum and (b) £10 a week above that level.

Mr. Scott

[holding answer 15 February 1991]: The estimated costs are for (a) £5.5 million per week and for (b) £4 million per week.

Note: These costs are for payments to those benefit units which have at least one member who is 60 years or over and capital under £1000. These estimates assume all those entitled to a payment make a claim.

Source: Modelled using data drawn from the 1986–87–88 Family Expenditure Surveys.