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Pensioners: Poverty

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of pensioners have been living in absolute poverty in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997. (131280)

The figures are based on OECD equalisation factors, therefore they will not be the same as any figures previously published that were based on McClements equivalisation factors.

Information can not be provided at a lower level than Government Office Region. Therefore figures for the North East region and United Kingdom are shown in the tables as follows.

Table 1: North East region: Number and percentage of pensioners living in households below 60 per cent. of 1998-99 real-terms median income: After housing costs

1996-97 to 1998-99

1997-98 to 1999-2000

1998-99 to 2000-01

1999-2000 to 2001-02

2000-01 to 2002-03

2001-02 to 2003-04

2002-03 to 2004-05

2003-04 to 2005-06

Number (million)

0.15

0.14

0.12

0.09

0.07

0.05

0.04

0.03

Percentage

33

30

26

20

14

10

8

7

Notes:

1. Numbers, for the North East region, are presented using a three-year moving average, as single-year estimates do not provide a robust guide to year-on-year changes. Hence, figures are not consistent with any previously published single-year estimates and there may be differences in changes over time. In circumstances such as a change in trend, moving averages will show less variation than single-year estimates.

2. Absolute poverty is defined as below 60 per cent. of 1998-99 real-terms median income.

3. Figures are based on OECD equalisation factors.

4. Table shows number of pensioners in millions—rounded to nearest 10 thousand.

Source:

Family Resources Survey

Table 2: United Kingdom: Number and percentage of pensioners living in households below 60 per cent. of 1998-99 real-terms median income: After housing costs

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Number (million)

2.9

2.5

2.0

1.5

1.2

1.1

0.9

0.8

Percentage

29

25

20

14

12

10

8

8

Notes:

1. Data for the United Kingdom are only available from 1998-99 onwards.

2. Absolute poverty is defined as below 60 per cent. of 1998-99 real-terms median income.

3. Figures are based on OECD equalisation factors.

Source:

Family Resources Survey

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners have been defined as living in relative poverty in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997. (131376)

The figures are based on OECD equivalisation factors, therefore they will not be the same as any figures previously published that were based on McClements equivalisation factors.

Information can not be provided at a lower level than Government office region. Therefore figures for the North East region and United Kingdom are shown in the following tables.

Table 1: North East region—number and percentage of pensioners living in households below 60 per cent. of contemporary median income: after housing costs

Number (million)

Percentage

1996-97 to 1998-99

0.15

32

1997-98 to 1999-2000

0.15

31

1998-99 to 2000-01

0.14

31

1999-2000 to 2001-02

0.13

28

2000-01 to 2002-03

0.13

27

2001-02 to 2003-04

0.11

23

2002-03 to 2004-05

0.09

20

2003-04 to 2005-06

0.08

17

Notes:

1. Numbers, for the North East region, are presented using a three-year moving average, as single-year estimates do not provide a robust guide to year-on-year changes. Hence, figures are not consistent with any previously published single-year estimates and there may be differences in changes over time. In circumstances such as a change in trend, moving averages will show less variation than single-year estimates.

2. Relative poverty is defined as below 60 per cent. of contemporary median income.

3. Figures are based on OECD equivalisation factors.

4. Table shows number of pensioners in millions—rounded to nearest 10,000.

Source:

Family Resources Survey

Table 2: United Kingdom—number and percentage of pensioners living in households below 60 per cent. of contemporary median income: after housing costs

Number (million)

Percentage

1998-99

2.9

29

1999-2000

2.8

28

2000-01

2.7

26

2001-02

2.7

26

2002-03

2.5

24

2003-04

2.2

21

2004-05

1.9

18

2005-06

1.8

17

Notes:

1. Data for the United Kingdom are only available from 1998-99 onwards.

2. Relative poverty is defined as below 60 per cent. of contemporary median income.

3. Figures are based on OECD equivalisation factors.

Source:

Family Resources Survey.