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Means Tested Benefits: Pensioners

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of pensioners have been subject to means testing for the purpose of determining benefit entitlement in each year since 1993. (156917)

The available information is in the following table.

Beneficiaries aged 60 and over of income-related benefits as a percentage of the population aged 60 and over

Mid-year

Percentage

1993

37

1994

36

1995

34

1996

33

1997

32

1998

31

1999

30

2000

29

2001

28

2002

27

2003

27

2004

30

Notes:

1. Income-related benefits are: pension credit, housing benefit, council tax benefit and income-based jobseeker’s allowance (and predecessors of these benefits).

2. Beneficiaries is the sum of claimants aged 60 or over and claimants’ partners aged 60 or over.

3. Figures are for Great Britain, in May of each year.

4. Overlaps between benefits have been removed.

5. Housing benefit data excludes any extended payment cases.

6. Council tax benefit data excludes second adult rebate cases.

7. Percentage for population has been calculated using the revised Office for National Statistics mid-year population estimates for age group 60 and over.

8. Figures based on one per cent. and five per cent. samples are subject to sampling variation.

9. Data is only available up to 2004 as overlaps between HB/CTB and other benefits can only be removed by using the 1 per cent. annual HB/CTB data, for which the latest data is still May 2004.

Source:

DWP Information Centre 1 per cent., five per cent. samples and 100 per cent. Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study data.