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Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in retirement benefits to (a) couples, (b) single men and (c) single women where the recipients were aged (i) 60 to 64, (ii) 65 to 69, (iii) 70 to 74, (iv) 75 to 79 and (v) over 79 in the latest period for which figures are available. (126047)

The information requested is in the following table:

Average benefit income in £ per week, 2004-05 prices

Couples

Single men

Single women

60-64

68

76

120

65-69

178

129

130

70-74

187

134

137

75-79

186

133

134

Over 79

196

139

148

Notes:

1. Benefit income includes national insurance related benefits (basic and additional state pension, widow’s benefits and incapacity benefit), income related benefits (pension credit, housing benefit, council tax benefit and social fund grants) and disability related benefits (mainly disability living allowance and attendance allowance).

2. Figures are for Great Britain.

3. Figures have been rounded to the nearest pound.

4. Based on survey data and as such subject to a degree of sampling error.

5. Benefit income is self-reported and consequently can be misreported.

6. The breakdown by age for couples is by the age of the man.

7. The amounts for 60-64 year old couples and single men are lower than for older age groups because 60-64 year old men are not entitled to state pension.

Source:

Pensioners’ Incomes Series 2004-05