Winter fuel payment: Great Britain official statistics at winter 2014/15

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Great Britain. Department for Work and Pensions
Date of publication
23 September 2015
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Older Adults
Social welfare
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Winter Fuel Payment was introduced in 1997 aimed at tackling fuel poverty amongst pensioners. It is an annual tax-free payment of between £100 and £300 to those eligible to help meet the costs of heating their homes in winter. This release contains annual official statistics for Winter Fuel Payment recipient and household statistics. It includes statistics for residents of Great Britain and for residents of the European Economic Area countries together with Switzerland. Household figures are for Great Britain only. The main findings are:

  • 12.49 million people received Winter Fuel Payment in 2014/15 in Great Britain, EEA and Switzerland including 12.35 million GB residents. Down 96 thousand since 2013/14.
  • 140 thousand claimants in 2014/15 were resident in the EEA or Switzerland. Up 1 thousand since 2013/14.
  • 8.87 million GB households were entitled to Winter Fuel Payment in 2014/15. Down 108 thousand since 2013/14.

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