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Pension Credit: Birmingham

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate her Department has made of the number of people entitled to a pension credit who have not claimed it in the Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency in each of the last three years; (291446)

(2) how many people in Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency (a) are entitled to and (b) receive pension credit.

Estimates of eligibility and therefore those who are entitled to pension credit but have not claimed it 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 2007-08”.

As at February 2009 there were 7,680 households in receipt of pension credit in the Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency.

Notes:

1. The number of households in receipt are rounded to the nearest ten.

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.