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Cold Weather Payments

EDM number 161 in 1996-97, proposed by Liz Lynne on 07/11/1996.

That this House notes that the most recent Government figures show that in 1995 251 people aged 80 years or over died in England and Wales with hypothermia mentioned on the death certificate as the main contributory cause of death; notes that this figure is certainly an underestimate of the real number of deaths; notes that according to Age Concern a third of all pensioner households have an indoor winter temperature below 16C (61F) which is the temperature at which shops and offices can legally be closed down; notes further that the current cold weather payments seven day rule fails to give pensioners the confidence to start heating their households as soon as severe cold weather starts, that cold weather payments are limited to pensioners on income support yet the take-up rate of income support is lowest amongst pensioners with one third of eligible pensioners not taking up income support and that the cold weather payments system only includes one flat payment whatever the severity of weather; and therefore calls upon the Government to urgently consider relaxing the strict rules on the cold weather payments system to ensure that all pensioners are able to heat their homes adequately from the onset of severe cold weather and ensure that the shameful number of pensioners that die each year from hypothermia is greatly reduced.

This motion has been signed by a total of 50 MPs.

Liz Lynne07/11/1996RochdaleProposed
Alan Beith07/11/1996Berwick-upon-TweedSeconded
Archy Kirkwood07/11/1996Roxburgh & BerwickshireSeconded
David Chidgey07/11/1996EastleighSeconded
Peter Thurnham07/11/1996Bolton North EastSeconded
David Rendel07/11/1996NewburySeconded
Jim Wallace11/11/1996Orkney & ShetlandSigned
Audrey Wise12/11/1996PrestonSigned
Paul Tyler12/11/1996North CornwallSigned
Norman Godman12/11/1996Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe12/11/1996LeighSigned
Menzies Campbell12/11/1996Fife North EastSigned
Ray Michie12/11/1996Argyll & ButeSigned
Lynne Jones12/11/1996Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Colin Pickthall12/11/1996West LancashireSigned
Mike Watson13/11/1996Glasgow CentralSigned
Robert Wareing13/11/1996Liverpool, West DerbySigned
Mike Hall13/11/1996Warrington SouthSigned
John Gunnell13/11/1996Leeds South and MorleySigned
Jim Cunningham13/11/1996Coventry South EastSigned
Tom Cox13/11/1996TootingSigned
Ann Clwyd13/11/1996Cynon ValleySigned
Eric Clarke13/11/1996MidlothianSigned
Michael Clapham13/11/1996Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
James Callaghan13/11/1996Heywood & MiddletonSigned
Keith Bradley13/11/1996Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Gordon Oakes13/11/1996HaltonSigned
Bill Michie13/11/1996Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Alan Meale13/11/1996MansfieldSigned
Alice Mahon13/11/1996HalifaxSigned
Eddie Loyden13/11/1996Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Nigel Jones13/11/1996CheltenhamSigned
Barry Jones13/11/1996Alyn & DeesideSigned
Llew Smith13/11/1996Blaenau GwentSigned
Richard Burden13/11/1996Birmingham, NorthfieldSigned
Harry Barnes14/11/1996North East DerbyshireSigned
Bryan Davies14/11/1996Oldham Central and RoytonSigned
Nick Harvey14/11/1996North DevonSigned
Alan Howarth18/11/1996Stratford-on-AvonSigned
Alex Carlile18/11/1996MontgomerySigned
Edward O'Hara19/11/1996Knowsley SouthSigned
Jack Thompson20/11/1996WansbeckSigned
Win Griffiths21/11/1996BridgendSigned
Joe Benton21/11/1996BootleSigned
Russell Johnston28/11/1996Inverness, Nairn and LochaberSigned
Don Foster02/12/1996BathSigned
Mildred Gordon05/12/1996Bow and PoplarSigned
Ken Livingstone06/12/1996Brent EastSigned
Don Touhig09/12/1996IslwynSigned
Cecil Walker17/12/1996Belfast NorthSigned

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