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Pension Credit

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK received pension credit in each year since its inception. (231419)

The information requested is in the following tables.

Number of household recipients and individual beneficiaries of pension credit in Jarrow, South Tyneside, the North East and Great Britain—2003-08

Jarrow constituency

South Tyneside local authority

Household recipients

Individual beneficiaries

Household recipients

Individual beneficiaries

November 2003

4,640

5,630

9,060

10,890

February 2004

4,980

6,070

9,660

11,670

February 2005

5,760

7,100

11,150

13,600

February 2006

5,870

7,270

11,380

13,930

February 2007

5,880

7,260

11,350

13,890

February 2008

5,890

7,270

11,200

13,700

North East (GOR)Great Britain

Household recipients

Individual beneficiaries

Household recipients

Individual beneficiaries

November 2003

124,280

150,050

2,084,700

2,495,240

February 2004

135,940

165,540

2,282,290

2,754,900

February 2005

155,420

190,750

2,654,670

3,227,590

February 2006

157,420

193,740

2,709,220

3,305,120

February 2007

157,600

194,220

2,730,940

3,335,010

February 2008

156,460

192,840

2,723,140

3,324,230

Notes:

1. Case loads are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Household recipients are those people who claim pension credit either for themselves only or on behalf of a household.

3. Individual beneficiaries includes both claimants and their partners.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average take-up rate of pension credit was by those over 70 years old in the latest period for which figures are available; (231823)

(2) what the average take-up rate of pension credit was by those between the ages of 65 and 70 years in the latest period for which figures are available;

(3) what proportion of pensioners eligible for means tested benefit support did not claim their full entitlement in each of the last 10 years.

The latest estimates of take-up of means-tested benefits in Great Britain, covering income support, pension credit, housing benefit, council tax benefit and jobseeker’s allowance (income based) are published in the report “Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2006-07”. Earlier reports with estimates of take-up on income related benefits are available from 1990 onwards.

Pension credit take-up estimates are not available by age group.

It is not possible to construct a robust estimate of the proportion of pensioners eligible but not receiving all their possible means tested benefit support.