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State Retirement Pensions

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women he estimates will begin claiming the basic state pension between the end of the first full week in December 2008 and the end of (i) January and (ii) February 2009. (246583)

The information is not available on a weekly basis. The estimated numbers of people who are expected to claim the basic state pension from the beginning of December 2008 is given in the following table.

December 2008 to January 2009

December 2008 to February 2009

Men

45,000

70,000

Women

57,000

89,000

Notes:

1. Estimates are rounded to the nearest thousand claims.

2. Estimates include claims from residents of Great Britain and those residing overseas.

3. Some individuals may not claim until some time after they reach state pension age (65 for men and 60 for women).

4. Individuals are considered here to begin claiming at the point at which their claim is processed.

Source:

DWP forecasts

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what methodology was used to calculate the additional entitlement to the state pension for those over 80 years of age. (246756)

The weekly age addition was introduced in 1971 for those pensioners over the age of 80. This amount has not been uprated by successive Governments.