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Pensioners (Benefit Payments)

Volume 407: debated on Friday 20 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's estimate was of the total number of residents eligible for a state pension and of these (a) the number who claimed a state pension, (b) the number who applied for minimum income guarantee support, (c) the number refused MIG support and (d) the number in receipt of disability assistance in each of the last five years. [118233]

Information is not available for the number of minimum income guarantee (MIG) applications made each year or the number refused. Information is also not available on the number of resident people who are either eligible for, or have claimed state pension. Such information as is available is shown in the table.

Total number of State Pension recipients in GBTotal number of people over state pension age receiving sickness/disability benefit in GBTotal number of MIG recipients in GB
199810,036,300Not available1,640,900


Sickness/disability benefits include incapacity benefit, severe disablement Allowance, disability living allowance, attendance allowance and income support with a disability premium.


Pension Strategy Computer System 5 per cent. sample

Client Group Analysis of the population over State Pension Age

Income Support Quarterly Statistical Enquiries November 1997-November 2002