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Pension Credit

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received back payments of pension credit of (a) £1,000 to £1,999 and (b) £2,000 or more in each year since 2001. (70767)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the pension credit caseload handled by the Pensions Service was during (a) January, (b) February, (c) March and (d) April 2006. (71723)

The information requested is not available; caseload figures are published on a quarterly basis each year.

The most recent early caseload estimates available are for February 2006. As at February 2006, there were 2,706,200 pension credit claimants in Great Britain.

Notes:

1. These figures are early estimates. Caseload figures are taken from the CMS scan at 17 February 2006, rated up to give end-month estimates. These are adjusted using the historical relationship between Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) and GMS data to give an estimate of the final WPLS figure.

2. Caseload figures are a count of the number of pension credit claims in payment at a given time.

3. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest hundred.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate: 100 per cent. data from the Generalised Matching Service (QMS).