Support #2045

Winter Fuel Payments

Added by Elaine Robinson 3 months ago. Updated about 1 month ago.

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There are a range of benefits for those of pension age to help with fuel bills, including the Winter Fuel Payment and the Cold Weather Payment.
Are they included as income or benefits in Understanding Society?


Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team 3 months ago

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Many thanks for your enquiry. The Understanding Society team is looking into it and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We aim to respond to simple queries within 48 hours and more complex issues within 7 working days.

Best wishes,
Understanding Society User Support Team


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Hello Elaine,

We categorized benefits as a source of income. The benefits we’ve collected are listed in the income section of the user guide under Derived Income variables

Additionally, you might find variable “w_ficode” useful, as it captures the income receipt code. While winter fuel and cold weather payments are not explicitly listed, respondents can report “any other benefit” so they may report them there. Consequently, they'd be included in the benefit totals.

For further insights into UKHLS income data, you might want to check out a recent paper from our Income team Understanding Society: the income data

I hope this information is helpful.

Best wishes,
Roberto Cavazos
Understanding Society User Support Team


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