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Pensioners: Income

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the annual income was of the average pensioner household in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997. (186962)

Information cannot be provided at a lower level than Government office region, averaged over three years. Information that is available is set out in the following table.

Average net annual income before housing costs for all pensioner units, in real terms

£ per week, 2005-06 prices

North East

Great Britain

United Kingdom

1997-98 to 1999-2000

10,600

12,300

n/a

1998-99 to 2000-01

10,800

12,800

n/a

1999-2000 to 2001-02

11,300

13,300

n/a

2000-01 to 2002-03

12,100

13,800

n/a

2001-02 to 2003-04

12,600

14,200

n/a

2002-03 to 2004-05

13,100

14,500

n/a

2003-04 to 2005-06

13,200

14,900

14,900

Notes:

1. Net income before housing costs is gross income less income tax payments, national insurance contributions, contributions to occupational and private pension schemes, local taxes, maintenance and child support payments, and parental contributions to children living away from home. Gross income is from all sources received by the pensioner unit, including income from social security benefits, earnings from employment, any private pension, and tax credits.

2. Based on survey data and as such subject to a degree of sampling and non sampling error.

3. Figures are based on the average of three years' data for government office regions as single year estimates do not provide a robust guide to year-on-year changes. Great Britain and United Kingdom figures (where available) are included on the same basis for comparison: further information for single years at a national level are available in the publication “Pensioners’ Income Series 2005-06 (Revised)”.

4. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.

5. Pensioner units are either pensioner couples or single pensioners.

6. Pensioner couples are couples where one or more of the adults are state pension age or over.

Source:

Pensioners’ Income Series 2005-06 (Revised)