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Pensioners: Income

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the percentage of pensioners who fall below (a) 60 per cent. of contemporary median household income, (b) 50 per cent. of contemporary median household income and (c) 60 per cent. of the 1998-99 contemporary median household income top rated in line with (i) prices and (ii) earnings in (A) each constituency in Greater London and (B) England. (256756)

Specific information regarding low income for the United Kingdom is available in “Households Below Average Income 1994-95 to 2006-07”.

Latest figures for the percentage of pensioners in Greater London and England who fall below 60 per cent. of contemporary median household income, 50 per cent. of contemporary median household income and 60 per cent. of the 1998-99 contemporary median household income uprated in line with prices are shown in the following table:

Percentage of pensioners falling below various thresholds of median household income, after housing costs, London and England, 2004-05 to 2006-07

Greater London

England

Below 60 per cent. of contemporary median household income

22

18

Below 50 per cent. of contemporary median household income

12

9

Below 60 per cent. of the 1998-99 median household income uprated in line with prices

12

9

Notes:

1. Three survey year averages are given as robust single year estimates cannot be produced because of small sample sizes.

2. The income measures used to derive the estimates shown employ the same methodology as the Department for Work and Pensions publication ‘Households Below Average Income’ (HBAI) series, which uses disposable household income, adjusted (or “equivalised”) for household size and composition, as an income measure as a proxy for standard of living.

3. The figures are based on OECD equalisation factors.

4. Figures are based on survey data and as such are subject to a degree of sampling and non-sampling error.

The data source does not allow us to provide robust numbers for estimates below the level of Government office region. Information on the percentage of pensioners who fall below 60 per cent. of the 1998-99 contemporary median household income uprated in line with earnings is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.