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Elderly People

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 3 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what response he has made to the European Commission communication on aging (COM(90)80 FINAL).

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply to him by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health today.

Table 1 All retired households
Average percentage2 income derived from:
Original income3Retirement pension and supplementary benefit4Housing benefitGross income5
Quintileper cent.per cent.per cent.£
Lowest1080847.50
214642163.70
322611280.50
435526109.80
Highest75230254.80
Overall47446111.20
1Source: Family Expenditure Survey.
2 Percentage figures may not sum to one hundred as Social Security benefits, other than those listed are not included.
3 Original income consists of all gross income less all income from benefits.
4 It is not possible to accurately identify the state retirement pension and supplementary benefit separately from the Family Expenditure Survey.
5 £s per week at 1987 prices.
Table 2: Single retired households
Average percentage income derived from:
Original income per cent.Retirement pension and supplementary benefit per cent.Housing benefit per cent.Gross income
Quintile
Lowest785644.00
213711455.80
313622264.90
426511777.10
Highest71233167.50
Overall39481081.90
Table 3: Single male retired households
Average percentage income derived from:
Original income per cent.Retirement pension and supplementary benefit per cent.Housing benefit per cent.Gross income
Quintile
Lowest587747.00
216701359.80
318602069.40
43747987.40