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Basic Pensions

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 12 September, Official Report, column 2101W, on basic pensions, if he will estimate how many women aged (a) 60, (b) 61, (c) 62, (d) 63, (e) 64, (f) 65, (g) 66, (h) 67, (i) 68 and (j) 69 years are receiving pensions based on a contribution record of between 61 and 98 per cent. (156267)

[holding answer 8 October 2007]: The following table shows those women who are in receipt of a basic state pension of between 61 per cent. and 98 per cent. at September 2006 based on their own national insurance record.

Age

Number of females

60

120,400

61

115,500

62

117,200

63

103,700

64

89,500

65

74,600

66

68,600

67

63,100

68

57,300

69

49,200

Notes:

1. Data are taken from a five per cent. extract of the Pension Service computer system, therefore figures are subject to a degree of sampling variation. They are also adjusted to be consistent with the overall caseload from the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.

3. Figures include cases residing abroad where the rate of state pension would not be uprated each year.

4. Where a women is entitled to a pension based on a combination of her own and her husband's record only the element from her own record has been used in the compilation of the table, as was the case with the answer of 12 September, Official Report, column 2101W

5. Full basic state pension at September 2006 was £84.25.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate