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State Retirement Pensions

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the north-east and (d) the UK have received the basic state pension in each of the last 30 years. (186669)

The available information is in the following table.

Numbers in receipt of any basic state pension

Jarrow parliamentary constituency

South Tyneside local authority

North-east Government office region

GB

2007

16,700

30,500

490,100

10,659,900

2006

16,600

30,300

482,700

10,513,800

2005

16,100

30,000

478,500

10,450,300

2004

15,900

29,900

473,500

10,313,500

2003

15,700

29,700

471,100

10,225,900

2002

15,800

30,000

470,900

10,149,300

2001

15,300

29,600

469,700

10,087,200

2000

15,500

29,900

468,400

10,035,100

1999

9,938,800

1998

9,839,400

1997

9,700,400

1996

9,575,400

1995

9,469,300

Notes:

1. Data are taken from 5 per cent. extract of Pensions Strategy 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 (WPLS).

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.

3. Figures are based on the live caseload as at March each year where any basic state pension is in payment.

4. Geographical breakdowns by parliamentary constituency, local authority and Government office region are not available prior to September 1999

5. Electronic data is only held from 1995 therefore basic state pension cases cannot be separately identified prior to this.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate 5 per cent. sample and WPLS 100 per cent. data.