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Pension Credit

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many pensioner households received guaranteed credit in each year since 2005; (257098)

(2) how many pensioner households received pension credit in each year since 2005.

The information is in the following table.

Number of households in receipt of pension credit

Type of pension credit

Total

Guarantee credit only

Both guarantee and savings credit

Savings credit only

August 2005

2,696,660

772,400

1,317,180

607,040

August 2006

2,728,150

787,300

1,334,410

606,410

August 2007

2,735,720

814,420

1,321,950

599,330

August 2008

2,723,530

889,740

1,241,620

592,150

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.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent data

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension credit applications were not processed within 10 days of receipt in (a) each year since 2005 and (b) 2008-09 to date. (257100)

The information requested is in the following table.

Pension credit clearance times

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

January YTD 12008-09

Target

2AACT 10 Days

AACT 10 Days

AACT 15 Days

AACT 15 Days

Total processed

427,748

334,501

280,097

243,813

Not processed within Target

52,665

68,142

83,182

68,268

% not processed within target

12

20

30

28

AACT

8.8 Days

11.9 Days

15.6 Days

14.8 days

Notes:

1 YTD - Year To Date

2 AACT - Actual Average Clearance Time

Source:

Pension Service Legacy System