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Pensioners

Volume 401: debated on Thursday 20 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of total public expenditure has been spent on (a) retirement pensions, (b) winter fuel payments, (c) means-tested benefits for pensioners, (d) other benefits for pensioners and (e) free television licences in each year since 1992–93. [102988]

The information required is given in the table.

Percentage of Total ManagedExpenditure Retirement pensions1 Winter fuel paymentsIncome related benefits2Other benefIts3Over 75 TV licence
1992–9310.312.050.05
1993–9410.422.210.05
1994–9510.162.190.05
1995–9610.092.140.04
1996–9710.452.110.05
1997–9810.670.062.080.04
1998–9910.900.062.000.04
1999–200011.130.222.020.04
2000–0110.640.482.020.040.08
2001–0210.780.432.050.030.09
2002–03410.640.411.980.030.09
1 Includes pension age expenditure on widows/bereavement benefits; Severe disablement allowance; and invalidity/incapacity benefit (prior to 2001–02).
2 Income related benefits include the minimum income guarantee and housing benefit and council tax benefit paid to people aged 60 or over.
3 Other benefits comprise Christmas bonus (contributory and non-contributory).
4 Based on forecast expenditure.

Notes:

Percentages have been calculated using total managed expenditure, which includes Government departmental expenditure limits and annually managed expenditure, based on pre-Budget report 2002 figures. Apart from benefits mentioned in note1 contains no data relating to expenditure on disability benefits.