§ Mr. Roger Evans
During the last three years, help has been available to pensioners awarded income support through the social fund cold weather payments scheme. This gives help towards additional heating costs during sustained periods of very cold weather. Estimates of benefit expenditure for each of the last three years are as follows:
£000 Year Total cold weather payments expenditure Estimated expenditure to pensioners 1993–94 12,400 6,3741 1994–95 77 391 1995–96 61,600 31,1081 1 Estimated expenditure figures for pensioners are based on the income support quarterly statistical enquiry at February 1994, 1995, and 1996. Families with children under five, disabled people and pensioners on income support were eligible for cold weather payments. Expenditure on pensioners has been estimated on a pro rata basis. Expenditure figures rounded to nearest £1,000.