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Pension Credit: Ashford Kent

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in Ashford constituency (a) were entitled to and (b) claimed pension credit in each year since 2005. (249195)

Estimates of eligibility to pension credit are not available below the level of Great Britain.

The latest estimates of the take-up rates and the number of those entitled to but not receiving Pension Credit are published in the report “Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2006-07”.

The number of household recipients and individual beneficiaries of pension credit in Ashford constituency 2005-08 are shown in the following table:

As at May each year

Household Recipients

Individual Beneficiaries

2005

3,950

4,920

2006

4,040

5,040

2007

4,090

5,110

2008

4,120

5,150

Notes:

1. The number of households in receipt 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.