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Pension Credit

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people stopped claiming pension credit in each of the last three years, broken down by reason for non-continuance; (157183)

(2) how many people stopped claiming pension credit in each of the last three years, broken down by income decile.

We do not have the detailed information in the form requested but the number of pension credit claims that were closed 2004 to 2006 for various reasons including death were as follows:

Number of claims closed

2004

227,640

2005

261,640

2006

255,290

Notes: 1. The number of claims are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. A pension credit claim can be made for an individual only or on behalf of a household. 3. Yearly totals cover the period from 1 December to 30 November because they are derived from summing quarterly figures. Source: DWP Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent data