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Means-Tested Benefits (Pensioners)

Volume 300: debated on Wednesday 5 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many pensioners are (a) receiving at least one means-tested benefit and not paying income tax, (b) not receiving a means-tested benefit and not paying tax, (c) not receiving a means-tested benefit and paying tax and (d) receiving a means-tested benefit and paying tax; and if she will break down each category into five-year age bands identifying within each age group the number of (i) single male pensioners, (ii) single female pensioners and (iii) married pensioners. [12823]

The information is in the tables and is based on estimates for 1997–98 of numbers of pensioner benefit units in each of the groups.

Pensioners receiving a means tested benefit and not paying income tax
000s
Single maleSingle femalePensioner couplesTotal
60-6490140170400
65-6980220170480
70-7480360160600
75-7970370150590
80+120570130820
Total4401,6607802,880
Pensioners not receiving a means tested benefit and not paying income tax
000s
Single maleSingle femalePensioner couplesTotal
60-643030110170
65-6940130270440
70-7440210310560
75-7940200200430
80+50310150510
Total2008801,0402,110
Pensioners not receiving a means tested benifit and paying income tax
000s
Single maleSingle femalePensioner couplesTotal
60-64901708401,100
65-69110140520770
70-74100160350610
75-7960100190360
80+80120140340
Total4406902,0403,170
Pensioners receiving a means tested benefit and paying income tax
000s
Single malesingle femalePensioner couplesTotal
60-6410302070
65-6910201040
70-7420201040
75-791020130
80+1020130
Total6011040210

Notes:

1 Less than 5,000.

  • 1. Pensioner benefit units are defined as being any benefit unit containing at least one person aged over 59.
  • 2. Pensioner couples are allocated to age bands according to the age of the oldest partner.
  • 3. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10,000.
  • Source:

    1995–96 Family Resources Survey.