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Benefit Payments

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioner households in (a) Cleethorpes constituency, (b) Great Grimsby constituency, (c) Scunthorpe constituency and (d) Brigg and Goole constituency are receiving (i) pension credit and (ii) pension savings credit; and what the average amount awarded is in each case. (110038)

The answer is in the following tables. The pension credit is made up of two elements, guarantee credit and savings credit, an individual can receive one or both guarantee credit and savings credit.

Table (a): Number of households in receipt of pension credit by type in Cleethorpes and the average weekly payments—August 20061

Type of pension credit

Household recipients

Average weekly payments (£)

Guarantee credit only

1,170

73.80

Savings credit only

1,400

12.64

Guarantee credit and savings credit

2,500

41.61

All

5,070

41.03

Table (b): Number of households in receipt of pension credit by type in Great Grimsby and the average weekly payments—August 20061

Type of pension credit

Household recipients

Average weekly payments (£)

Guarantee credit only

1,400

76.71

Savings credit only

1,410

12.54

Guarantee credit and savings credit

2,620

40.46

All

5,430

42.54

Table (c): Number of households in receipt of pension credit by type in Scunthorpe and the average weekly payments—August 20061

Type of pension credit

Household recipients

Average weekly payments (£)

Guarantee credit only

1,060

72.19

Savings credit only

1,380

12.25

Guarantee credit and savings credit

2,020

38.93

All

4,460

38.57

Table (d): Number of households in receipt of pension credit by type in Brigg and Goole and the average weekly payments—August 20061

Type of pension credit

Household recipients

Average weekly payments (£)

Guarantee credit only

1,020

72.58

Savings credit only

1,370

12.32

Guarantee credit and savings credit

2,190

38.23

All

4,580

38.16

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

Notes:

1. Case loads are rounded to the nearest 10 . Totals may not sum due to rounding.

2. Parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the 2005 postcode directory.

3. Household recipients are those people who claim pension credit either for themselves only or on behalf of a household.

4. Average weekly payments are shown as £ per week and rounded to the nearest penny.

Source:

DWP 100 per cent. data from the Generalised Matching Service (GMS) pension credit scan taken as at 1 September 2006.