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Social Security Benefits: Pensioners

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on each state benefit for pensioners in (a) Scotland and (b) England in the last year for which figures are available; and how much was spent on average per pensioner in each year. (199971)

The information requested is in the following table.

Benefits paid to pensioners in Scotland and in England in 2006-07

£ million, nominal

Scotland

England

State Pension

4,837

46,023

Pension Credit

686

5,771

Housing Benefit

452

4,093

Attendance Allowance

398

3,429

Disability Living Allowance

355

2,405

Council Tax Benefit

193

1,649

Winter Fuel Payments

178

1,720

Over 75 TV Licences

41

420

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

39

287

Severe Disablement Allowance

15

111

Christmas Bonus

11

103

Bereavement Benefits

11

90

Carer’s Allowance

3

103

Total expenditure

7,218

66,135

Average per pensioner per year (£)

7,588

7,249

Notes:

1. All figures are consistent with Budget 2008, as well as expenditure information published on the internet at www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/expenditure.asp

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest £ million.

3. Expenditure on State Pension, Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Christmas Bonus are defined as benefits paid to women over 60 and men over 65.

4. Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Winter Fuel Payments expenditure refers to benefit units or households where at least one person is aged 60 or over.

5. The average per pensioner is estimated by dividing the total pensioner benefits by the state pension caseload. Those claiming Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit or Winter Fuel Payments between the ages of 60-64 are not included in this caseload, but are included in expenditure. This small inconsistency is unlikely to materially affect the relative spending per head between England and Scotland.

Source:

Departmental Accounting and statistical data

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples (i) claiming and (ii) not claiming disability living allowance received on average from claims for (A) council tax benefit, (B) housing benefit and (C) pension credits in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (216547)