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Labelling matters: households spend 40% of Winter Fuel Payment on fuel. But poor pensioners still cut back on food in cold weather

Press release

Two papers published today by the IFS and funded by the Nuffield Foundation show that: Households receiving the winter fuel payment are almost 14 times as likely to spend the money on fuel than would have been the case had their incomes been increased in other ways; But in very cold weather it remains the case that the poorest pensioners cut back on spending on food to finance the additional cost of heating their homes.

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IFS Working Paper W11/09
We find evidence that the poorest of older households are unable to smooth spending over the worst temperature shocks.
IFS Working Paper W11/10
We study the UK Winter Fuel Payment (WFP) and find robust evidence of a behavioural effect of the labelling.
Presentation
This presentation was delivered at the IFS briefing 'Cash by any other name? evidence on labelling from the UK Winter Fuel Payment', 8 June 2011.