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Pension Credit: Scotland

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in Scotland he estimates are eligible for pension credit, broken down by parliamentary constituency. (119171)

[holding answer 6 February 2007]: Estimates of eligibility, and therefore of take-up, are not available below the level of Great Britain, and it is not therefore possible to say what the take-up of pension credit in Scotland is.

The latest estimates of the number of pensioners in Great Britain entitled to pension credit were published in ‘Pension Credit Estimates of Take-Up in 2004-05’. A copy of the report is available in the Library.

Pension credit has been highly successful in reducing pensioner poverty and now, for the first time in a period of sustained economic growth, pensioners are less likely to be in poverty than the population as a whole. Since the introduction of pension credit, the number of pensioners in relative poverty has fallen by half a million.

We continue to make every effort to ensure that pension credit goes to those who are entitled to it. The latest estimates showed that 2.7 million households were receiving pension credit, and this includes 283,480 households in Scotland.

Notes:

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.

2. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest 10.

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

Source:

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