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Pensioner Households

Volume 403: debated on Monday 10 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of how many pensioner households there are in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland. [102034]

There are 5,800,000 pensioner households in the United Kingdom and 515,000 pensioner households in Scotland.


1. Estimates are based on Census 2001 Key Statistics for local authorities in England and Wales and the General Register Office for Scotland rounded to the nearest 5,000 households.

2. A household comprises one person living alone or a group of people (not necessarily related) living at the same address with common housekeeping, that is sharing either a living room or sitting room or at least one meal a day.

3. A pensioner household is defined as either a single person over state pension age, a couple, where both partners are over state pension age, or a group of individuals who are all over state pension age.