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Pensioners (Incomes)

Volume 169: debated on Tuesday 13 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what are the latest figures of average mean household income in Britain for retired people; what are the latest comparable figures for each European Community state; and whether he will launch a survey to calculate costs facing pensioners as against those in full employment.

Analysis of data in the 1987 family expenditure survey shows that the average pensioners' total net income in 1987 was £99–90 a week1. There are no comparable figures available for other European Community states. We do not see a need for a survey along the lines proposed.

Footnote: Family Expenditure Survey.

1 This refers to pensioner tax units.