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Pensioners: Income

Volume 476: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of pensioners had a net annual income of (a) up to £5,200, (b) £5,200 to £10,400, (c) £10,400 to £20,800, (d) £20,800 to £40,000, (e) £40,000 to £80,000 and (f) over £80,000 in (i) Scotland and (ii) the UK in the latest year for which figures are available. (200838)

Due to pension credit no pensioner need live on less than £124.05 per week (£6,451 per year) in 2008-09, compared to £67.05 per week in 1996-97 (£3,487 per year).

The pension credit take-up target for 2008-09 is to deliver an annualised value of new successful pension credit applications of £767 million and to secure at least 250,000 successful new pension credit applications, an increase of 15,000 on this year’s target.

We want as many people as possible to take up the benefits they are entitled to, which is why we have simplified the application process and focussed on encouraging people to apply.

The following table shows the percentage of pensioners with net income in each income band:

Percentage of pensioner units with net income in each band



Up to £5,200



£5,200 to £10,400



£10,400 to £20,800



£20,800 to £40,000



Over £40,000




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.

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

3. All figures are rounded to the nearest 1 per cent. Figures may not sum to 100 per cent. due to rounding.

4. Due to the small sample sizes involved in estimates below a national level, three year’s data have been combined and the income band has been deflated to the appropriate year’s prices.

5. A pensioner unit is either a single person over pension age or a couple in which at least one person is over pension age.

6. Figures for Scotland are estimated by combining three year’s data from 2003-04 to 2005-06. Figures for the UK are based on 2005-06 data. Reliable estimates of the percentage of pensioners receiving between £40,000 and £80,000 per year and over £80,000 per year are not possible with the data source, so the two groups have been combined.


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