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Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the benefits to consumer financial education of including figures showing average healthy life expectancy in government pension statements. [129855]

Previous customer research conducted on the information contained in state pension forecasts has not highlighted the need to include information on average healthy life expectancy.The inclusion of such information will be assessed in future customer research conducted into pensions education material.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many retirement pensions in payment continue after the death of the beneficiary; what the cost to public funds was in the last year for which figures are available; and what proportion of these payments was recovered. [129979]

In 2002–03, 48,946 cases were identified with a value of £9.848 million for State Pension paid after death. £1.606 million of this was recovered. The balance is in the process of recovery. In addition, a further £5.928 million was recovered in 2002–03 against debts identified in previous years.


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