Chris Bryant – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Work and Pensions

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Chris Bryant on 2014-06-26.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending entitlement to cold weather payments to all claimants of universal credit once universal credit has been fully rolled out.

Steve Webb

Under existing Universal Credit eligibility criteria, it is estimated that Cold Weather Payments will cost an additional £8 million per annum once Universal Credit has been fully rolled out.

Were entitlement to Cold Weather Payments extended to all claimants of Universal Credit once Universal Credit has been fully rolled out the additional cost would be around £320 million per annum. It is not our intention to provide this level of support to everyone on Universal Credit. This would not be affordable and would divert resources from areas that most need it.