The Bishop of Durham received the following written answers on 7th March 2022:
The Lord Bishop of Durham asked Her Majesty’s Government how many people have so far requested assistance from the Household Support Fund.
Baroness Stedman-Scott (Con): Any requests for assistance from Household Support Fund will have been directed to Local Authorities, who are running the schemes in their local area.
The Household Support Fund requires that Local Authorities provide Management Information returns to the Department to be published at the end of the scheme.
The Lord Bishop of Durham asked Her Majesty’s Government how many people are in receipt of (1) the Cold Weather Payment, and (2) the Winter Fuel Payment.
Baroness Stedman-Scott: There are an estimated 4 million eligible recipients for Cold Weather Payments in Great Britain. As at 18 February 2022 there have been six cold weather triggers, leading to 13,000 Cold Weather Payments being made this winter so far.
Winter Fuel Payments are payable to everyone who has reached State Pension age on or before the end of the third week of September in any particular year. The latest published Winter Fuel Payments statistics are for the period 2019/20 and show that 11.4m customers received a payment in Great Britain.