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House of Commons Hansard
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Pension Credit: East of England
29 March 2010
Volume 508

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in (a) each local authority area in the East of England and (b) the UK were in receipt of (i) basic state pension and (ii) pension credit in the latest period for which figures are available; and how much on average was received in pension credit in each area in that period; [324691]

(2) how many people receive pension credit in each local authority area in the East of England; and what the average weekly payment was in the East of England in the latest period for which figures are available.

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The information requested is provided in the following table.

People in receipt of basic state pension March 2009

Individual beneficiaries of pension credit August 2009

Households in receipt of pension credit August 2009

Average award of pension credit August 2009 (£)

Great Britain

12,133,400

3,348,970

2,737,290

55.66

East of England local authority area

Bedford

25,800

6,820

5,640

52.92

Central Bedfordshire

n/a

9,650

7,870

49.84

Mid-Bedfordshire

23,700

n/a

n/a

n/a

South Bedfordshire

20,200

n/a

n/a

n/a

Luton

26,700

9,610

7,650

64.87

Peterborough

26,200

9,090

7,390

57.37

Southend-on-Sea

32,800

10,100

8,420

57.65

Thurrock

22,500

7,130

5,810

55.59

Cambridge

14,900

3,540

3,030

55.95

East Cambridgeshire

14,700

3,610

2,910

52.68

Fenland

21,500

6,690

5,180

50.89

Huntingdonshire

29,900

5,950

4,810

49.78

South Cambridgeshire

27,300

4,370

3,610

51.92

Basildon

31,200

9,490

7,670

54.82

Braintree

27,800

6,920

5,590

51.75

Brentwood

14,600

2,680

2,280

51.32

Castle Point

19,800

5,510

4,280

53.41

Chelmsford

31,200

5,880

4,860

50.82

Colchester

30,000

6,870

5,690

53.29

Epping Forest

26,000

5,710

4,710

56.12

Harlow

13,500

4,430

3,610

51.07

Maldon

14,300

3,180

2,570

53.54

Rochford

18,500

3,880

3,120

50.28

Tendring

42,200

12,250

9,630

53.18

Uttlesford

15,000

2,680

2,190

50.76

Broxbourne

17,000

4,030

3,310

56.66

Dacorum

25,400

5,250

4,370

53.67

East Hertfordshire

23,100

4,450

3,690

52.40

Hertsmere

18,000

3,890

3,290

58.44

North Hertfordshire

24,400

5,270

4,410

49.96

St. Albans

24,000

3,790

3,210

55.09

Stevenage

13,300

4,040

3,300

51.90

Three Rivers

15,800

2,850

2,430

56.57

Watford

12,600

3,070

2,580

58.28

Welwyn Hatfield

17,300

3,990

3,390

52.37

Breckland

30,700

8,090

6,290

49.15

Broadland

31,300

6,080

4,910

46.95

Great Yarmouth

23,000

8,280

6,520

50.09

Kings Lynn and West Norfolk

36,600

10,410

8,020

50.17

North Norfolk

30,200

7,620

5,950

50.00

Norwich

21,900

8,590

7,080

52.49

South Norfolk

29,100

6,340

4,940

48.34

Babergh

21,100

4,300

3,490

48.54

Forest Heath

9,800

2,840

2,280

49.64

Ipswich

21,200

7,220

5,940

54.53

Mid-Suffolk

20,800

4,360

3,460

48.38

St. Edmundsbury

21,800

4,890

3,980

48.42

Suffolk Costal

31,600

6,060

4,890

51.28

Waveney

29,400

8,860

6,970

49.70

Notes:

1. Average weekly award of pension credit in the East of England Government region at August 2009 is £52.75.

2. Numbers in receipt of basic state pension rounded to nearest 100.

3. Pension credit case load figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

4. Household recipients are those people who claim pension credit either for themselves or on behalf of themselves and a partner. Beneficiaries are the number of claimants in addition to the number of partners for whom they are claiming.

5. Pension credit is claimed on a household basis. The average weekly award of pension credit is in relation to the household.

6. Parliamentary constituencies and local authorities are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.

7. Latest data for pension credit is for August 2009.

8. Latest data for basic state pension is for March 2009.

9. On 1 April 2009, the reorganisation of the local authorities of England created nine new unitary authorities (UAs). This included Central Bedfordshire unitary authority which was formed from Mid-Bedfordshire and South Bedfordshire district councils. This is reflected in the table.

Sources:

Basic state pension:

Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 5 per cent. sample. The figures have been adjusted in line with the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data.

Pension credit:

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