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Pensioners: Low Incomes

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate she has made of the number of pensioners in households with a net income of less than £130 a week in (a) North West Cambridgeshire constituency, (b) Cambridgeshire, (c) the East of England and (d) the UK in each of the last five years. (275242)

I have been asked to reply.

The information that is available is shown in the following table.

The data source does not allow us to provide robust numbers for estimates below the level of Government Office Region. The latest available information on pensioner incomes is for 2007-08 and figures have been rounded to the nearest 100,000.

Therefore information is provided for years up to and including 2007-08 based on an income of £130 per week, deflated to the price levels of the years in question.

Pensioner units with a net income after housing costs of less than £130 per week (deflated to prices of years measured)

million

2001-02 to 2003-04

2002-03 to 2004-05

2003-04 to 2005-06

2004-05 to 2006-07

2005-06 to 2007-08

East of England

Couples

Singles

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

UK

Couples

n/a

0.2

0.1

0.2

0.2

Singles

n/a

1.7

1.5

1.4

1.4

Notes:

1. Net income after housing costs is income from all sources received by the pensioner unit including income from social security benefits, earnings from employment, any private pension, and tax credits less direct taxes and housing costs which include rent, water rates and mortgage interest payments.

2. Figures are based on the average of three years' data as single year estimates do not provide a robust guide to year-on-year changes.

3. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100,000.

4. “—” indicates a value less than 50,000

5. Based on survey data and as such subject to a degree of sampling and non

sampling error.

6. Pensioner units are either a single pensioner over State Pension age (65 and over for men or 60 and over for women) or pensioner couples. Pensioner couples are couples where at least one member is over State Pension age.

7. Prior to 2002-03 the FRS survey only covered households in Great Britain. Therefore it is not possible to provide estimates for the UK for years before 2002-03.

8. The deflated values of £130 were £124.18 in 2007-08, £120.35 in 2006-07, £116.39 in 2005-06, £113.81 in 2004-05, £111.47 in 2003-04, £108.87 in 2002-03 and £106.32 in 2001-02.

Source:

Pensioners' Incomes Series (derived from the FRS survey)