To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of pensioners paying income tax at (a) the higher rate and (b) the basic rate for each year since 1996–97; and what percentage of (i) all pensioner taxpayers and (ii) all pensioners this figure represents in each case.
|Number of pensioner(12) taxpayers (thousands)|
|(a) higher rate||220|
|(b) basic rate||2,970|
|(i) Percentage of all pensioner taxpayers|
|(a) higher rate||5|
|(b) basic rate||64|
|(ii) Percentage of all pensioners(13)|
|(a) higher rate||2|
|(b) basic rate||28|
(12) Men aged 65 and over and women aged 60 and over.
(13) Mid-year population estimates supplied by the Office for National Statistics.
The estimates are based on the Survey of Personal Incomes 2000–01.