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Social Security Benefits: Pensioners

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on each type of benefit for pensioners in each year from 1997 to 2007; and how much is forecast to be spent on each type of benefit in each year from 2008 to 2030. (209354)

The information requested is in the following tables.

£ million

Outturn

Great Britain, Nominal Terms

1997-98

1998-9 9

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-0 2

2002-03

State Pension

33,586

35,603

37,802

38,745

41,922

44,367

Income Support for people over 60/Minimum Income Guarantee/ Pension Credit

3,721

3,566

3,725

4,035

4,417

4,405

Housing Benefit

3,781

3,842

3,926

4,108

4,378

4,728

Council Tax Benefit

1,080

1,125

1,162

1,228

1,324

1,418

Disability Living Allowance

1,373

1,529

1,685

1,847

2,045

2,184

Attendance Allowance

2,521

2,680

2,823

2,955

3,124

3,251

Invalid Care Allowance/Carer's Allowance

37

38

38

57

61

46

Widows'/Bereavement Benefits

139

135

129

120

119

152

Winter Fuel Allowance

191

194

759

1,749

1,681

1,705

Age Related Payments

0

0

0

0

0

0

TV Licence

0

0

0

306

365

374

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits

288

290

290

305

315

324

Severe Disablement Allowance

136

144

144

163

165

163

Christmas Bonus

123

124

118

119

120

120

Social Fund

22

22

22

36

28

29

Incapacity Benefit (basic and earnings related)

668

431

161

3

0

0

Total Expenditure

47,666

49,724

52,786

55,775

60,064

63,268

£ million

Outturn

Estimated Outturn

Forecast

Great Britain, Nominal Terms

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

State Pension

46,506

48,802

51,422

53,663

57,406

61,313

Income Support for people over 60/Minimum Income Guarantee/ Pension Credit

4,851

5,971

6,426

6,869

7,332

7,505

Housing Benefit

4,437

4,545

4,561

4,856

5,086

5,391

Council Tax Benefit

1,610

1,827

1,842

2,002

2,078

2,192

Disability Living Allowance

2,400

2,609

2,825

3,060

3,370

3,673

Attendance Allowance

3,457

3,674

3,924

4,149

4,438

4,668

Invalid Care Allowance/Carer's Allowance

36

38

36

39

46

52

Widows'/Bereavement Benefits

141

137

126

113

104

92

Winter Fuel Allowance

1,916

1,962

1,982

2,015

2,061

2,664

Age Related Payments

0

513

1,132

0

0

0

TV Licence

412

435

461

488

508

528

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits

311

331

332

342

348

372

Severe Disablement Allowance

170

124

128

135

144

153

Christmas Bonus

122

123

124

126

127

129

Social Fund

30

33

42

42

42

41

Incapacity Benefit (basic and earnings related)

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total Expenditure

66,399

71,124

75,363

77,899

83,092

88,773

£ million

Forecast

Projections

Great Britain, Nominal Terms

2009-10

2010-11

2015-16

2020-21

2025-26

2030-31

State Pension

65,175

68,106

91,683

122,64 7

167,82 7

220,823

Income Support for people over 60/Minimum Income Guarantee/ Pension Credit

7,771

8,033

8,797

9,071

10,149

11,070

Housing Benefit

5,726

5,973

6,459

7,230

8,960

10,877

Council Tax Benefit

2,354

2,500

2,899

3,318

4,005

4,684

Disability Living Allowance

3,978

4,179

11,586

14,430

18,325

22,604

Attendance Allowance

4,888

5,066

0

0

0

0

Invalid Care Allowance/Carer's Allowance

58

65

68

63

157

199

Widows'/Bereavement Benefits

77

58

7

0

0

0

Winter Fuel Allowance

2,140

2,148

2,070

2,045

2,189

2,382

Age Related Payments

0

0

0

0

0

0

TV Licence

545

565

770

1,081

1,600

2,059

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits

387

396

476

533

589

640

Severe Disablement Allowance

158

160

155

139

98

69

Christmas Bonus

131

133

137

140

153

165

Social Fund

40

41

49

57

66

77

Incapacity Benefit (basic and earnings related)

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total Expenditure

93,429

97,423

125,15 5

160,75 3

214,11 7

275,650

£ million

Outturn

Great Britain, 2008-09 Prices

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

State Pension

44,44 4

45,950

47,824

48,328

51,068!

52,407

Income Support for people over 60/Minimum Income Guarantee/ Pension Credit

4,924

4,602

4,713

5,033

5,381

5,204

Housing Benefit

5,003

4,959

4,967

5,123

5,333

5,585

Council Tax Benefit

1,429

1,452

1,470

1,532

1,613

1,675

Disability Living Allowance

1,817

1,974

2,132

2,304

2,491

2,580

Attendance Allowance

3,336

3,459

3,571

3,686

3,806

3,840

Invalid Care Allowance/Carer's Allowance

49

50

49

71

75

54

Widows'/Bereavement Benefits

185

174

163

150

145

179

Winter Fuel Allowance

252

251

961

2,182

2,047

2,014

Age Related Payments

0

0

0

0

0

0

TV Licence

381

445

442

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits

381

375

367

380

383

383

Severe Disablement Allowance

180

186

182

203

202

192

Christmas Bonus

163

161

150

148

146

142

Social Fund

29

29

28

44

34

34

Incapacity Benefit (basic and earnings related)

884

556

203

4

Total Expenditure

63,07 6

64,175

66,779

69,570

73,168

74,732

£ million

Outturn

Estimate d Outturn

Forecast

Great Britain, 2008-09 Prices

2003-04

2004-05

2005/06

2006/-07

2007-08

2008-09

State Pension

53,38 7

54,51 6

56,25 5

57,070

59,128

61,313

Income Support for people over 60/Minimum Income Guarantee/ Pension Credit

5,569

6,670

7,030

7,305

7,552

7,505

Housing Benefit

5,093

5,077

4,990

5,164

5,239

5,391

Council Tax Benefit

1,848

2,041

2,016

2,129

2,141

2,192

Disability Living Allowance

2,755

2,914

3,090

3,254

3,471

3,673

Attendance Allowance

3,968

4,104

4,293

4,413

4,571

4,668

Invalid Care Allowance/Carer's Allowance

42

43

39

42

47

52

Widows'/Bereavement Benefits

162

154

138

120

107

92

Winter Fuel Allowance

2,199

2,192

2,168

2,143

2,123

2,664

Age Related Payments

0

573

1,238

0

0

0

TV Licence

473

486

504

519

523

528

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits

357

370

363

363

359

372

Severe Disablement Allowance

195

139

140

144

149

153

Christmas Bonus

140

137

136

134

131

129

Social Fund

35

36

46

45

43

41

Incapacity Benefit (basic and earnings related)

Total Expenditure

76,222

79,452

82,446

82,844

85,585

88,773

£ million

Forecast

Projections

Great Britain, 2008-09 Prices

2009-10

2010-11

2015-16

2020-21

2025-26

2030-31

State Pension

63,431

64,510

75,885

88,194

104,761

119,658

Income Support for people over 60/Minimum Income Guarantee/ Pension Credit

7,563

7,609

7,281

6,523

6,335

5,998

Housing Benefit

5,573

5,657

5,346

5,199

5,593

5,894

Council Tax Benefit

2,291

2,368

2,399

2,386

2,500

2,538

Disability Living Allowance

3,871

3,959

9,589

10,377

11,439

12,248

Attendance Allowance

4,757

4,798

Invalid Care Allowance/Carer's

57

62

56

45

98

108

Allowance

Widows'/Bereavement Benefits

75

54

6

Age Related Payments

0

0

0

0

0

0

Winter Fuel Allowance

2,083

2,035

1,713

1,471

1,366

1,291

TV Licence

531

535

637

777

999

1,116

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits

377

375

394

383

367

347

Severe Disablement Allowance

153

151

128

100

61

57

Christmas Bonus

127

126

113

101

95

90

Social Fund

39

39

41

41

41

42

Incapacity Benefit (basic and earnings related)

Total Expenditure

90,929

92,278

103,589

115,596

133,656

149,387

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 pounds. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

3 Responsibility for War Pensions passed to the Veterans Agency in 2002-03. Therefore this benefit is not included in the tables. Independent Living Fund (ILF) figures are also not included in the table as this benefit comes under Departmental Expenditure Limits (DEL) from 2008-09 onwards.

4. The state pension figure in the table includes the child element of the pensioner benefit.

5. Age related payments include one off payments made to pensioners over 65 years of age in 2004-05 and to people over 65 years and 70 years of age in 2005-06.

6. The projections of benefit expenditure from 2015-16 to 2030-31 take account of the reforms in the Pensions Act 2007. These are illustrative projections, in that they are designed to show the overall fiscal sustainability of benefit policy, as it stands at 2010-11 (the end of the current planning period), along with any future changes to benefits that have already been decided upon, under a particular set of reasonable assumptions. Legislation provides that earnings uprating of BSP will begin in the next Parliament. These projections assume it commences in 2012. In addition, the projections are part of a series showing a broad path of expenditure up to 2050-51. The projections shown are for the United Kingdom, unlike other forecasts up to and including 2010-11 which only cover Great Britain : for TV Licence payments all figures cover the UK.

Source:

Departmental Accounting and statistical data.