The Winter Fuel Payment statistics present tables and commentary on Winter Fuel Payment recipients and households.
Winter Fuel Payments were introduced in 1997 to help older people meet the costs of heating their homes in winter. They are paid in a lump sum each winter.
Changes in the latest release
The latest release contains data on individual and household level statistics for winter 2022 to 2023. It also contains the delayed household level statistics for winter 2020 to 2021, and 2021 to 2022.
Household level data was postponed due to delays in the data ingest process from a new administrative payment system. These issues have now been resolved and the data quality has been assured in line with the UK Statistics Authority Code of Practice for Statistics.
Winter Fuel Payment statistics are now Official Statistics. Previously, these statistics had been designated as experimental statistics. In Spring 2023, the Chief Statistician for DWP led an internal review of all experimental Official Statistics produced by DWP. This is in line with the Code of Practice for Statistics. The review found that it was appropriate to remove the experimental label from this publication because it was concluded that the statistics are suitable and of public value. As of the latest release (published on 19 September 2023) these statistics are classed as Official Statistics.
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