Mr G Jones
(by e-mail) / Address / Room BP5201
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Date: / 15th May 2013
Our ref: / 2013-2107
Dear Mr Jones
Freedom of Information ref: 2013-2107
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 6 May 2013.
1. The total number of recipients of the winter fuel allowance;
2. The total number of recipients of the winter fuel allowance by Country and Region (region to include all sub-divisions of the country, where held, including but not limited to counties, states, regions, etc. This likely to be included in the recipients address). For example, this would include Spain as the Country and the Spanish regions (e.g., Costa del Sol, etc).
3. The total sum paid under both 1 and 2 above.
I would request that this information be supplied in Microsoft Excel or CSV format.
Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act allows us to direct you to information which is already reasonably accessible to you.
The Department publishes a wide range of Winter Fuel Payment expenditureand caseload statistics on its website. You can access the requested information via the linksprovided below:
To access benefit expenditure and caseload statistics for Winter Fuel Payment go to: and select table 1a (Expenditure) and 1c (Caseload).
To access Winter Fuel Paymentexpenditure by Country, Region and Local Authority go to and select the WFP worksheet.
To access Winter Fuel Payment statistics on the number of payments made to eligible individuals living in European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland who qualified for a payment before leaving the UK; go to:
. Please note that information for payments outside the UK is not available below a country level.
Finally, you may also be interested to view statistics on the number and value of payments made to eligible individuals living in Great Britain(GB). These figures are broken down by Region, Local Authority and Parliamentary Constituency:
If you have any queries about this letter please contact us quoting the reference number above.
Freedom of Information Team
Department for Work and Pensions
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