HL Deb 04 July 2001 vol 626 cc45-6WA
Lord Hoyle

asked Her Majesty's Government:

(a) How many pensioners in Warrington receive the £200 winter fuel payment; (b) how many pensioners over 75 in Warrington receive the free television licence; (c) how many pensioners in Warrington receive the minimum income guarantee; and (d) how many pensioners in Warrington qualify for the guaranteed minimum income guarantee and are not receiving it. [HL87]

Baroness Hollis of Heigham

Thirty-three thousand, eight hundred and sixty-three winter fuel payments were made in Warrington in 2000–01.

The BBC is responsible for the administration of the free television licence scheme, and we understand that a geographical breakdown of the number of free licences issued is not available. However, we estimate that 11,980 people aged 75 years old or over (who may benefit from a free television licence) live in Warrington.

We also estimate that 5,000 people in Warrington benefit from the minimum income guarantee.

Estimates of people who may be eligible for but who have not claimed minimum income guarantee are not available below national level.