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Pensioners

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners in the Burton constituency who will benefit from the pension credit. [113148]

Estimates of pension credit entitlement are not available at individual constituency level due to the insufficient sample cases in the survey data used. However, around half of all pensioner households across Great Britain will be eligible for pension credit. Such information as is available relates to pensioners in the Burton constituency receiving the minimum income guarantee (MIG) and is as follows:As at November 2002 there were 2,300 MIG recipients in the Burton constituency.

Source:

Income Support Quarterly Statistical Enquiry November 2002.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) male and (b) female pensioners aged between 65 and 80 there are in the Burton constituency; and what percentage of them receive means-tested benefits to reach the minimum income guarantee. [113145]

As at September 2002 there were 5,800 male and 6,800 female pensioners aged between 65 and 80 in receipt of a state pension in the Burton constituency.As at November 2002, 10.1 per cent, of male pensioners and 9.1 per cent, of female pensioners aged between 65 and 80 in the Burton constituency were claiming the minimum income guarantee.

Source:

Income Support Quarterly Statistical Enquiry, November 2002 Pensions Strategy Computer System as at 30 September 2002

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners in the Burton constituency who live (a) alone, (b) as a pensioner couple and (c) in a residential or nursing home. [113146]

The information is not available in the format requested but such information as is available shows that the number of pensioners receiving a state pension in Burton parliamentary constituency at September 2002 was 17,700.

Source:

Pensions Strategy Computer System at 30 September 2002.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) male and (b) female pensioners aged over 80 there are in the Burton constituency; and what percentage of them are in receipt of means tested benefit to reach the minimum income guarantee. [113158]

As at September 2002 there were 900 male and 2,100 female pensioners aged 81 and over in receipt of a state pension in the Burton constituency.As at November 2002, 11.4 per cent, of male pensioners and 39.4 per cent, of female pensioners aged 81 or over in the Burton constituency were claiming the minimum income guarantee.

Source:

Income Support Quarterly Statistical Enquiry, November 2002 Pensions Strategy Computer System as at 30 September 2002

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Leicester East of 28April 2003, Official Report, column 191–92W, on pensioner households, what the average women's state pension as a percentage of the average men's state pension was in each of the last 10 years. [112362]

The information is in the table.

Average amounts of State Pension in payment in Great Britain and Overseas
£per week
SeptemberAllMenWomenWomen's pension as a percentage of men's
199357.6870.2450.8872.4
199460.1273.5852.7871.7
199555.7667.2149.5673.7
199658.5770.7851.8273.2
199760.3973.1453.2272.8
199860.6873.4753.4472.7
199965.9579.9757.8372.3
200067.4081.7159.0572.3
200172.5787.8263.5772.4
200275.9691.6766.6072.7

Notes:

1. Includes Great Britain and overseas pensioners but excludes the majority of Northern Ireland.

2. Figures for 1993 and 1994 include Attendance Allowance paid with the State Pension.

Sources:

1. Information for 1993–1994–1995 is from the Social Security Statistics publication 1995.

2. Information for 1996 onwards: 5 per cent, sample from the Pension Strategy Computer System at date of extraction.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners there are in Amber Valley; how many (a) are over 80 and (b) qualify for (i) additional winter fuel allowance and (ii) a free TV licence; and how many receive minimum pensions guarantee; and what the average payment was in the last 12 months. [113391]

As at November 2002 there were 18,700 pensioners receiving a key benefit in the Amber Valley constituency. 5,000 people are aged 80 and over and if they are entitled to a winter fuel payment from this winter, they will also be entitled to the additional payment announced in the Budget. There were 8,400 people aged 75 and over receiving a key benefit who would therefore be eligible to receive a free TV licence. 2,800 people received an average weekly minimum income guarantee of £43.34.

Table 1: Benefit spending on pensioners in cash terms
£ million
Retirement pensionsWinter fuel paymentsIncome related benefitsOver 75 TV licencesOther benefitsTotal
1992–9327,94407,29002,57237,806
1993–9429,54808,10503,02740,680
1994–9530,17808,36303,31441,855
1995–9631,22208,52903,75243,503
1996–9733,03108,61804,14845,797
1997–9834,3791918,62604,46647,661
1998–9936,1541948,57704,79349,718
1999–200038,0777598,86905,08652,792
2000–0138,8541,7499,4263065,43455,769
2001–0242,0231,69210,1833655,82060,083
2002–0344,5131,71210,6443746,12063,363
2003–0446,6281,89111,4794066,39866,802
2004–0548,7671,91113,0444266,71070,859
2005–0651,0881,93313,9754487,07274,515

Note:

Key DWP benefits for pensioners are state pension, minimum income guarantee, attendance allowance, disability living allowance, incapacity benefit, and severe disablement allowance.

Source:

Income Support Quarterly Statistical Enquiry. November 2002. IAD 1C Client Group Analysis of the population over state pension age on key benefits (SP, MIG, AA, DLA, IB, and SDA)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners there are in Warrington, South; how many (a) are aged over 80 and (b) qualify for (i) additional winter fuel allowance and (ii) a free television licence; how many receive minimum pensions guarantee; and what the average payment was in the last 12 months. [113858]

As at November 2002, there were 17,800 pensioners receiving a key benefit in the Warrington South constituency. 3,500 people are aged 80 and over and if they are entitled to a winter fuel payment from this winter they will also be entitled to the additional payment announced in the Budget. There were 6,700 people aged 75 and over receiving a key benefit who would therefore be eligible to receive a free TV licence. 2,400 people received an average weekly minimum income guarantee of £43.46.

Note:

Key DWP benefits for pensioners are state pension, minimum income guarantee, attendance allowance, disability living allowance, incapacity benefit, and severe disablement allowance.

Source:

Income Support Quarterly Statistical Enquiry, November 2002. IAD 1C Client Group Analysis of the population over state pension age on key benefits (SP, MIG, AA, DLA, IB, and SDA).