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Pensioners: Poverty

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether her Department has commissioned recent research into the material deprivation of pensioner households. (316530)

The latest published research on material deprivation of pensioner households reported on a programme of work to develop new survey questions for DWP’s Family Resources Survey which were introduced in May 2008. The research identified problems in measuring material deprivation among older people and suggested a new question structure to address these problems. Details of this research are available at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/WP54.pdf

and

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/WP55.pdf

Information from the survey will be included in Households Below Average Incomes 2008-09, due to be published in April/May 2010, reflecting responses to the 15 individual questions relating to material deprivation. We are currently in the process of commissioning research to assess options for combining these responses into an overall indicator of the material deprivation of pensioner households.