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State Second Pension

Volume 456: debated on Tuesday 6 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people are in receipt of the state second pension, broken down by sex; (112007)

(2) what the average weekly amount paid to those in receipt of the state second pension is per pensioner;

(3) how many pensioners receive state second pension payments of (a) less than £20, (b) between £20 and £50 and (c) more than £50.

Just under 20 million people will gain from the state second pension which was introduced in April 2002. Of these around four million carers and people with disabilities are building up entitlement for the first time.

The number of state pension recipients with state second pension by gender and amount in payment as at 31 March 2006 is in the following table:


Less then £20








441 ,900


The numbers of recipients receiving between £20 and £50 and more than £50 are nil or negligible.

The average weekly amount of state second pension paid as at March 2006 is £4.18.

As a result of our proposed reforms around one million more people will build up entitlement to state second pension from 2010, 90 per cent. of whom will be women.


1. Figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample, and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation.

2. Figures have been adjusted to be consistent with WPLS data and rounded to the nearest 100.

3. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

Source: DWP, Information Directorate, 5 per cent. sample, adjusted to be consistent with the overall caseload in Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.