Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Severe Weather Payments on 8th December 1986.
Mr. Cohen Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people received severe weather additions in Leyton and Leytonstone last winter; and how many people will be eligible for such payments at the appropriate temperature under the new arrangements.
Mr. Major The London boroughs of Leyton and Leytonstone are dealt with by the Department’s office at Lemna Road, Leytonstone. This office made a total of 432 payments for extra fuel consumed during the period of exceptionally severe weather last winter.
Information about the number of people in the area who would be eligible under the proposed new criteria is not available, since it would depend, among other things, on claimants’ capital holdings at the date of claim.