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Pensioner Poverty

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of pensioners in poverty. (208037)

In 1996-97, 2.9 million pensioners were living in relative poverty, after housing costs. Measures such as pension credit have helped reduce this number by over a million to 1.8 million in 2005-06. I have today placed in the Library a fact sheet containing projections of entitlement to pension credit, and other income-related benefits, up to 2050.