Winter Fuel Payment statistics: policies and statements

Background information and methodology relating to Winter Fuel Payment statistics.


Winter Fuel Payment annual statistics: background information and methodology

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The Winter Fuel Payment statistics show payment recipients by local authority and by parliamentary constituency.

This background information and methodology document includes:

  • an explanation of the methods used to produce the statistics (including the raw data sources)
  • the purposes for which the statistics can and cannot be used
  • a statement about the quality of the statistics
Published 17 September 2014
Last updated 20 September 2017 + show all updates
  1. Revised version of the background information and methodology note (dated 20th September 2017). Revised to support the release of Winter Fuel Payment official statistics for winter 2016 to 2017.
  2. Added 'Winter Fuel Payments annual statistics: background information and methodology' - this replaces the 'Methodology statement: Winter Fuel Payment statistics', 'Uses and users: Winter Fuel Payment statistics', 'Quality statement: Winter Fuel Payment statistics' and 'Background information: Winter Fuel Payment statistics'.
  3. Added revised versions of methodology - added more information on quality assurance to the induction and uses and users - added more information about identifying users of Winter Fuel Payment statistics in sections: Winter Fuel Payment statistics users and Targeted user engagement.
  4. The United Kingdom Statistics Authority assesses the official Winter Fuel Payment statistics against National Statistics protocols. To improve the supporting documentation, we’ve added more detail to each of the documents. For example, we’ve added a non-technical production summary to page 3 of the “Methodology” document.
  5. Added a new document – the 'Quality statement' – and a revised version of 'Uses and users' that includes more information.
  6. First published.