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Pension Credit

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of (1) the value of unclaimed pension credit to which pensioners in (a) Castle Point and (b) Essex are entitled at the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement; (243902)

(2) the number of pensioners in (a) Castle Point and (b) Essex who were entitled to pension credit but had not claimed it at the latest date for which figures are available.

The latest estimates of the take-up rates, value of unclaimed benefit and the number of those entitled to but not receiving 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”.

Estimates of eligibility and therefore the value of unclaimed pension credit and those entitled to pension credit but not claiming are not available below the level of Great Britain.