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Pensioners: Poverty

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate she has made of the number of pensioners living in poverty in East Dunbartonshire constituency. (292933)

Estimates of poverty, published in the households below average income series, only allows a breakdown of the overall number of people in poverty at Government Office Region level. Therefore, information for East Dunbartonshire constituency is not available.

Latest information for Scotland, Government Office Region, is based on three year averages and is provided in Table 1 as follows:

Table 1: Number of pensioners (thousands) falling below various thresholds of median household income, after housing costs, Scotland Government Office Region, 2005-06 to 2007-08

Number

Below 60 per cent. of contemporary median household income

200,000

Below 50 per cent. of contemporary median household income

100,000

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

100,000