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Pension Credit

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households in which at least one person will receive (a) pension credit and (b) the minimum income guarantee credit in 2008. (174804)

Current forecasts for 2008-09 show 2.72 million households in receipt of pension credit, of which 2.04 million are estimated to be in receipt of the pension credit guarantee credit.

Notes:

1. Forecasts are rounded to the nearest 10,000 and are annual average case loads consistent with forecasts published at the 2007 pre-Budget report and comprehensive spending review. Benefit expenditure and case load tables are available at www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/expenditure.asp

2. Household recipients are those people who claim pension credit either for themselves only or on behalf of a household.

3. The number of households in receipt of guarantee credit includes those in receipt of guarantee credit only and those in receipt of both guarantee credit and savings credit.

Source:

DWP Forecasts

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in each region have had at least one person in receipt of (a) pensioner credit and (b) the minimum income guarantee credit in each year since their introduction. (174884)

The answer is in the following table.

Households in receipt of pension credit and the pension credit guarantee credit 2003-07

November 2003

May 2004

May 2005

May 2006

May 2007

Pension credit

Guarantee credit

Pension credit

Guarantee credit

Pension credit

Guarantee credit

Pension credit

Guarantee credit

Pension credit

Guarantee credit

All

2,084,700

1,842,690

2,490,760

2,004,780

2,682,730

2,088,990

2,717,390

2,118,830

2,733,500

2,135,850

North East

124,280

106,690

147,570

114,570

156,680

117,740

157,430

118,870

157,440

119,250

North West

285,900

252,980

332,590

271,230

354,960

280,740

357,560

283,640

359,140

285,530

Yorkshire and the Humber

200,810

175,270

241,840

189,990

258,880

195,910

261,650

197,750

262,390

198,420

East Midlands

144,690

126,030

178,600

139,330

193,290

145,490

195,990

148,020

196,580

148,540

West Midlands

216,810

193,350

256,910

208,710

276,840

216,420

279,420

218,570

280,340

219,360

East of England

159,940

141,240

202,300

158,220

220,610

166,890

224,190

169,950

227,080

172,260

London

233,480

218,160

264,860

232,370

285,420

243,410

290,220

247,690

292,420

250,490

South East

205,480

179,090

254,320

199,340

276,770

209,530

282,030

213,660

285,280

217,100

South West

171,570

147,080

205,590

161,720

221,070

169,140

224,820

172,320

225,770

173,520

Wales

121,890

108,170

145,900

119,260

158,370

125,680

161,330

128,360

162,720

129,950

Scotland

219,650

194,440

259,980

209,780

279,370

217,660

282,420

219,720

283,530

220,680

Unknown

190

180

280

240

460

360

330

280

810

740

Notes:

1. The number of households in receipt are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

3. Pension credit was introduced in October 2003 so data for 2003 are as at November.

4. Household recipients are those people who claim pension credit either for themselves only or on behalf of a household.

5. The number of households in receipt of guarantee credit includes those in receipt of guarantee credit only and those in receipt of both guarantee credit and savings credit.

6. Time series data include minimum income guarantee (MIG) cases: households on income support where the claimant and/or partner are aged 60 or over. About 1.8 million MIG cases transferred to pension credit on 6 October 2003.

Source:

DWP Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples received (i) pension credit and (ii) income support in England in each year since 1997. (175071)

The answer is in the following tables.

Pensioners in receipt of pension credit 2003-07

Single pensioners in receipt of pension credit

Pensioner couples in receipt of pension credit

November 2003

1,398,000

345,000

May 2004

1,639,000

446,000

May 2005

1,756,000

488,000

May 2006

1,771,000

503,000

May 2007

1,779,000

507,000

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.

2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

3. Pension credit was introduced in October 2003 so data for 2003 are as at November.

Source:

Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent data. DWP Information Directorate

Pensioners in receipt of income support/minimum income guarantee 1997-2003

As at May:

Single pensioners in receipt of income support/minimum income guarantee

Pensioner couples in receipt of income support/minimum income guarantee

1997

1,202,000

224,000

1998

1,161,000

212,000

1999

1,137,000

206,000

2000

1,135,000

214,000

2001

1,205,000

233,000

2002

1,215,000

242,000

2003

1,229,000

259,000

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.

2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

3. Pensioners are defined as benefit units where either the claimant and/or partner are aged 60 or over.

4. From April 1999 income support for pensioners became the minimum income guarantee.

5. Figures from 1997 to 1999 are taken from a five per cent. sample 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.

Source:

Five per cent. data and Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data, DWP Information Directorate