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Pension Credit: Lancashire

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in West Lancashire constituency receive pension credit; (204216)

(2) how many pensioners in West Lancashire constituency received assistance under the minimum income guarantee in the most recent period for which figures are available.

In West Lancashire constituency 4,890 households were in receipt of pension credit. Of this 1,280 households were in receipt of the guarantee credit only, 2,520 households were in receipt of both the guarantee credit and savings credit, and 1,090 on the savings credit only.

Notes:

1. The figures provided are early estimates. The preferred data source for figures supplied by DWP is the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS). However, the figure provided is the latest available figure, which is taken from the GMS scan at 31 August 2007. These are adjusted using the historical relationship between WPLS and GMS data to give an estimate of the final WPLS figure.

2. The minimum income guarantee was replaced by the pension credit guarantee credit in 2003.

3. Case loads are rounded to the nearest 10.

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