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Pensioner Benefits

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate expenditure (a) in cash terms, (b) in current prices and (c) as a share of GDP on (i) retirement pensions, (ii) winter fuel payments, (iii) means-tested benefits for pensioners, (iv) all other benefits for pensioners and (v) free TV licences in (A) 1992–93 and (B) each succeeding year to the end of the public expenditure planning period. [112332]

The information requested is given in the tables.

Table 2: Benefit spending on pensioners in real terms (2002–03 prices)
£ million
Retirement pensionsWinter fuel paymentsIncome related benefitsOver 75 TV licencesOther benefitsTotal
1992–9336,06009,40703,31948,787
1993–9437,210010,20603,81351,229
1994–9537,507010,39404,11952,019
1995–9637,729010,30604,53452,570
1996–9738,688010,09404,85853,640
1997–9839,0622179,80105,07454,153
1998–9939,9802159,48405,30154,979
1999–200041,1128209,57505,49256,999
2000–0141,0201,8479,9523235,73758,878
2001–0243,2841,74310,4883765,99461,885
2002–0344,5131,71210,6443746,12063,363
2003–0445,3801,84011,1723956,22765,014
2004–0546,3051,81512,3854056,37167,280
2005–0647,3251,79012,9454156,55169,026
Table 3: Benefit spending on pensioners as a percentage of GDP
Precentage
Retirement pensionsWinter fuel paymentsIncome related benefitsOver 75 TV licencesOther benefitsTotal
1992–934.50.01.20.00.46.1
1993–944.50.01.20.00.56.2
1994–954.40.01.20.00.56.1
1995–964.30.01.20.00.56.0
1996–974.30.01.10.00.55.9
1997–984.20.01.00.00.55.8
1998–994.20.01.00.00.65.7
1999–20004.10.11.00.00.65.7
2000–014.00.21.00.00.65.8
2001–024.20.21.00.00.66.0
2002–034.20.21.00.00.66.0
2003–044.20.21.00.00.66.0
2004–054.20.21.10.00.66.0
2005–064.10.21.10.00.66.0

Notes:

1. Forecasts for 2003–04, 2004–05 and 2005–06 consistent with Budget 2003 DWP benefit expenditure forecasts, and published in the DWP 2003 Departmental Report.

2. Expenditure for 2002–03 reflects the latest benefit-by-benefit estimate of outturn, and not the amounts voted by Parliament.

3. Includes all spending on pensioners including that outside the departmental objective to "Combat poverty and promote security and independence in retirement for today's and tomorrow's pensioners".

4. Widow's/bereavement benefits and incapacity benefit paid to pensioners are included in the Retirement Pensions spending.

5. All numbers are on a Great Britain basis except over 75 TV licences which also includes Northern Ireland.

6. Pensioner spending on income related benefits and winter fuel payments includes payments to men aged 60–64.

7. Housing benefit and council tax benefit spending (included in income-related benefits) covers benefits paid to pensioners, regardless of whether the payments are funded by DWP, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister or the Welsh Assembly Government (and predecessor Departments), or from local authorities' general funds.

8. Figures for 1999–2000 onwards are on a Resource Accounting and Budgeting basis. Previous years' figures are on a cash basis, but the impact of the change is unlikely to be significant.