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Carer's Credit

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each (a) Government office region and (b) county receive the carer's credit for the state second pension; and what each figure is as a ratio of the population in each region and county. (94836)

The information is not available in the format requested. However, such information as is available is in the following table:

Government office region

Total number of carers

Percentage of population estimates

North East

83,000

5.3

North West

219,000

5.3

Yorkshire and Humber

162,000

5.3

East Midlands

130,000

5.0

West Midlands

177,000

5.5

Eastern

178,000

5.3

London

239,000

4.9

South East

246,000

5.0

South West

155,000

5.2

Wales

93,000

5.3

Scotland

143,000

4.5

Total Great Britain

182,5000

5.1

Notes: 1. Information is for 2003-04 tax year. 2. Carers who do not work or earn below the lower earnings limit build up entitlements to state second pension if throughout the tax year they are looking after a child under age six and get child benefit for that child; or looking after an ill or disabled person and qualify for home responsibilities protection; or entitled to carer’s allowance. 3. Figures are based on a 1 per cent. sample and are therefore subject to a high degree of sampling error and should be used only as a guide. 4. Figures are shown to the nearest thousand. 5. Population estimates relate to people of working age and are taken at mid-2003. Source: Second Tier Pension Provision.