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Pensioner Benefits

Volume 404: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland will benefit from (a) the increased state pension and (b) the additional winter fuel payments for over-80s. [111250]

We increased the basic state pension by above inflation in April 2003. Everyone who is entitled to a basic state pension will benefit from the increase.Information relating to the additional payments to the over-80s is not available in the format requested. However. there are around 3,600 people in Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency who are aged 80 or over. If they are entitled to a winter fuel payment, they will also be entitled to an additional payment.