||<p>The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy administers the warm
home discount scheme which provides assistance to around 2 million low income and
vulnerable households (including 1.21m pensioners) with their energy costs. Further
details can be found at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme"
2018/19 the DWP is estimated to have spent £122bn on pensioner benefits which included
£2bn on winter fuel payments to 12 million pensioners, the majority of whom received
their payment before Christmas 2018.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, the DWP also administers
the cold weather payment scheme. For the period from the 1 November 2018 to the 31
March 2019, we estimate 438,000 payments were made to Pension Credit customers. Further
details about the cold weather payment scheme can be found at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment"
target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment</a></p><p> </p><p>The DWP
does not hold the specific information requested.</p>