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Pensions: Extra Payments

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 21 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the average cost per United Kingdom resident pensioner for (a) healthcare; (b) pension credits; (c) winter fuel allowance; (d) age-related payments; and (e) Christmas bonus. [HL1775]

The average cost per GB resident over the age of 65 for health care in 2003-04 was £2,073. The average cost per GB resident over the age of 60 for pension credits, winter fuel allowance, age-related payments and Christmas bonus in 2005-06 are shown in the table below:

Benefit type

Average cost per GB resident over age 60 in 2005-06

Pension Credits

£514

Winter Fuel Allowance

£158

Age Related Payments

£91

Christmas Bonus

£9.70

Costs are shown in terms of the prices current at the time the expenditure was made.