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State Retirement Pensions

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the basic state pension was for (a) couples and (b) single households, excluding other benefits and special payments in each year since 1997-98, in cash terms. (176245)

The information is in the following table.

Basic state pension for pensioner couple (£)

Basic state pension for single pensioner (£)

1997-98

99.80

62.45

1998-99

103.40

64.70

1999-2000

106.70

66.75

2000-01

107.90

67.50

2001-02

115.90

72.50

2002-03

120.70

75.50

2003-04

123.80

77.45

2004-05

127.25

79.60

2005-06

131.20

82.05

2006-07

134.75

84.25

2007-08

139.60

87.30

2008-09

145.05

90.70

Note:

There are no singles or couples rates as such, the basic state pension is an individual benefit; although the category A rate is commonly referred to as the singles rate, and the combination of the category A and category B rate is commonly referred to as the couples rate.