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Pensioners: Low Incomes

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners that will have a weekly income below the minimum income guarantee in each year to 2050; and what proportion of these will be (a) women, (b) aged over 75, (c) aged over 80 and (d) aged over 85 years. (200645)

The information is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Pension credit ensures that no-one aged 60 and over need live on an income of less than £124.05 a week. We want every pensioner to claim the benefits to which they are entitled which is why The Pension Service continue to undertake a wide range of activities to encourage people to claim the pension credit they are entitled to, including data matching to identify those who may be eligible but who are not receiving benefits, home visits for vulnerable customers and ever closer working with partner organisations.