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Pension Credit

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of (a) pensioner households and (b) female pensioners in (i) Wales, (ii) Scotland and (iii) England he estimates will be eligible to claim pension credit in (A) 2010, (B) 2015, (C) 2020 and (D) 2025; and if he will make a statement. (69546)

The information is not available in the format requested. The information available is shown in the following table.

The numbers eligible for pension credit in the future are subject to a range of uncertainties and a number of factors including policies on uprating different benefits. Table 1 shows the projected proportion of pensioner households eligible for pension credit under the proposals contained in the White Paper “Security in retirement: towards a new pensions system.” This information is not available below Great Britain level.

Table 1: Projected proportion of pensioner households who may be eligible for pension credit for selected years under the White Paper proposals

All pensioner households (percentage)

2010

44

2015

44

2020

41

2025

36

Notes:

1. Projections of the proportion of pensioner households eligible for pension credit are sensitive to modelling assumptions and to projected changes in the distribution of pensioner incomes.

2. The estimates shown here are the mid-points of projections taken from two separate micro-simulation models. Modelling of the reform proposals does not include any increase in private saving from the introduction of personal accounts, which would reduce the numbers eligible for pension credit.

3. These projections assume: continued earnings uprating of the standard guarantee credit; earnings uprating of the savings credit threshold from 2008 to 2014; earnings uprating of the basic state pension from 2012; price uprating of the maximum savings credit from 2015; measures to improve coverage of the basic state pension described in the White Paper.

4. Estimates account for equalisation of state pension age between 2010 and 2020. Estimates assume that the minimum age at which people can claim pension credit rises in line with women’s state pension age.

5. Estimates are calibrated to the mid-points of the 2004-05 National Statistics range estimates of non-eligibility to pension credit, which adjust 2004-05 Family Resources Survey data to take account of possible biases in reporting. Although the estimates here are not presented as ranges, they are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

6. Estimates of the number of pensioners eligible under the proposed reforms are not available for each country. As explained above, the estimates are based on taking the average of results from two separate models, a process which would render the breakdown of estimates at sub-Great Britain level unreliable.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents in each electoral ward in Chester City were receiving pension credit in the last period for which figures are available. (82671)

The information is in the following table.

Pension credit individual beneficiaries for wards in City of Chester parliamentary constituency, November 2005

Ward name1

Individual beneficiaries2

Blacon Hall

520

Blacon Lodge

490

Boughton

335

Boughton Heath

120

Christleton

160

City and St. Anne’s

320

College

175

Curzon and Westminster

95

Dodleston

70

Handbridge and St. Mary’s

195

Hoole All Saints

200

Hoole Groves

235

Huntington

55

Lache Park

355

Mollington

50

Newton Brook

125

Newton St. Michaels

240

Saughall

185

Upton Grange

185

Upton Westlea

200

Vicars Cross

230

Elton3

205

Waverton3

60

Tattenhall3

180

City of Chester constituency total

4,570

1 Wards are based on 2003 ward boundaries.

2 The number of individual beneficiaries includes both claimants and their partners.

3 Only part of Elton, Waverton and Tattenhall wards fall within City of Chester parliamentary constituency.

Note:

Number of individual beneficiaries are rounded to a multiple of five, therefore ward totals do not always sum to area totals.

Source:

DWP Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) 100 per cent. data.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents in each electoral ward in Edinburgh West constituency receive pension credit; and if he will make a statement. (82703)

The information is in the following table.

Pension credit individual beneficiaries for wards in Edinburgh West parliamentary constituency, November 2005

Ward name1

Individual beneficiaries2

Dalmeny/Kirkliston

315

Queensferry

250

Cramond

220

Davidson’s Mains

160

Muirhouse/Drylaw

865

East Craigs

505

N.E. Corstorphine

210

Murrayfield

180

Gyle3

295

S.E. Corstorphine

255

Stenhouse3

725

Murray Burn4

435

Edinburgh West constituency total

3,960

1 Wards are based on 2003 ward boundaries and Westminster parliamentary constituencies boundaries (2005 onwards).

2 The number of individual beneficiaries includes both claimants and their partners.

3 The majority of Gyle and Stenhouse wards fall within Edinburgh West parliamentary constituency.

4 Only a small part of Murray Burn ward falls within Edinburgh West parliamentary constituency.

Note:

Number of individual beneficiaries are rounded to a multiple of five, therefore ward totals do not always sum to area totals.

Source:

DWP Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) 100 per cent. data.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents in (a) Edinburgh West constituency and (b) other Edinburgh parliamentary constituencies receive pension credit. (82704)

The information is in the following table.

Pension credit individual beneficiaries in Edinburgh parliamentary constituencies, February 2006

Parliamentary constituency1

Individual beneficiaries2

Edinburgh East

5,200

Edinburgh North and Leith

4,110

Edinburgh South

3,180

Edinburgh South West

3,830

Edinburgh West

3,940

1 Parliamentary constituencies and local authorities are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.

2 The number of individual beneficiaries includes both claimants and their partners.

Notes:

1. These figures are early estimates. The preferred data source for figures supplied by DWP is the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS). However, the figures provided are the latest available figures which are taken from the GMS scan at 17 February 2006. These are adjusted using the historical relationship between WPLS and GMS data to give an estimate of the final WPLS figure. Average amounts are displayed as at the scan reference data of 17 February 2006.

2. The number of individual beneficiaries are rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

DWP: 100 per cent. data from the Generalised Matching Service (GMS). Pension Credit scan taken as at 17 February 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of pensioners in West Lancashire (a) entitled to and (b) receiving pension credit. (83660)

Estimates of eligibility are not available below the level of Great Britain. As at February 2006, there were 6,030 pension credit individual beneficiaries in West Lancashire parliamentary constituency.

Notes:

1. These figures are early estimates. The preferred data source for figures supplied by DWP is the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS). However, the figures provided are the latest available figures which are taken from the GMS scan at 17 February 2006. These are adjusted using the historical relationship between WPLS and GMS data to give an estimate of the final WPLS figure.

2. The number of individual beneficiaries is rounded to the nearest 10.

3. Parliamentary constituency is assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.

4. The number of individual beneficiaries includes both claimants and their partners.

Source:

DWP: 100 per cent. data from the Generalised Matching Service (GMS). Pension credit scan taken as at 17 February 2006.