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Pension Credit: Essex

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of pensioners in (a) Castle Point constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England claim pension credit. (249688)

[holding answer 29 January 2009]: The answer is in the following table.

Castle Point constituency

Essex

England

Households in receipt of pension credit

4,150

55,410

2,275,670

Individual beneficiaries

5,330

68,310

2,780,470

Total pensioner population

23,172

324,950

11,063,010

Proportion of pensioners claiming (percentage)

18

17

21

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.

4. Pensioners have been defined as anyone aged 60 or over.

5. Percentages of pensioner population have been calculated using the ONS mid year population estimates (2007) for the age group 60 and over.

6. Percentages of pensioner population at constituency level have been calculated based on the ONS mid year population estimates (2006) at constituency level which are experimental data and therefore not part of the National Statistics. These experimental statistics are still under evaluation by ONS and should be interpreted with caution. The population estimates are published at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=15095

Source:

DWP Information Directorate Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data, Office for National Statistics