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Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate the Department has made of the average amount unclaimed by single pensioners aged 75 to 85 years old who are entitled to, but not claiming (a) guarantee credit and council tax benefit, (b) guarantee credit and housing benefit/local housing allowance and (c) guarantee credit, housing benefit/local housing allowance and council tax benefit, broken down by sex in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; (215988)

(2) what estimate his Department has made of the average amount unclaimed by single pensioners aged 85 years or over of each sex entitled to but not claiming (a) guarantee credit and council tax benefit, (b) guarantee credit and housing benefit or local housing allowance and (c) guarantee credit, housing benefit or local housing allowance and council tax benefit in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.