Pensions

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th December 2004.

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Photo of Michael Weir Michael Weir Scottish National Party, Angus

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire of 9 December 2004, Official Report, column 664W, on pensions, what the proportions are in each (a) region and (b) local authority area in Scotland.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister for pensions, Department for Work and Pensions

The information requested is in the table:

Men Women
Population

in each local

authority or Region

Percentage of relevant population in each local authority or Region Population

in each local

authority or Region

Percentage of relevant population in each local authority or Region
Aberdeen City 11,500 87.3 11,900 49.3
Aberdeenshire 14,400 97.9 11,800 47.0
Angus 7,700 91.6 6,800 46.3
Argyll and Bute 5,800 78.6 6,400 49.1
The Scottish Boarders 7,900 89.6 7,700 50.3
Clackmannanshire 2,700 89.3 2,400 43.9
West Dumbartonshire 5,200 91.7 6,300 54.8
Dumfries and Galloway 10,900 85.5 10,300 47.3
Dundee City 8,800 84.9 10,400 53.9
East Ayrshire 7,300 89.9 8,200 54.8
East Dumbartonshire 6,600 88.2 5,800 42.9
East Lothian 6,500 97.0 5,800 48.5
East Renfrewshire 5,700 96.8 5,700 50.9
City of Edinburgh 23,700 86.5 25,300 48.9
Falkirk 9,400 98.7 8,400 47.9
Fife 22,500 94.6 20,700 47.2
Glasgow City 28,400 84.8 37,300 54.6
Highland 14,500 94.7 12,400 45.7
Iverclyde 5,100 92.7 6,200 56.5
Midlothian 4,800 92.5 4,500 48.1
Moray 6,500 100.0 5,000 46.1
North Ayrshire 8,200 88.0 8,400 47.9
North Lanarkshire 16,600 89.7 18,100 50.6
Orkney Islands 1,500 100.0 1,400 55.9
Perth and Kinross 10,600 97.1 8,700 45.6
Renfrewshire 10,400 94.1 10,700 51.6
Shetland Isles 1,200 92.2 1,000 41.1
South Ayrshire 7,700 84.9 8,600 52.7
South Lanarkshire 18,800 97.9 17,800 45.8
Stirling 5,600 99.1 4,900 46.4
West Lothian 7,900 96.2 6,700 44.2
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 1,300 58.5 1,600 40.6
Scotland 305,500 91.0 307,100 49.4

Notes:

1. Figures are taken from a 5 per cent. sample and are therefore subject to a high degree of sampling variation.

2. Data is rounded to the nearest 100. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

3. Local authorities are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant Office for National Statistics postcode directory.

4. Population figures are taken from mid-2003. Percentages shown as 100 may actually have been calculated as slightly higher than 100 i.e. the benefit caseload is apparently at least as high, if not higher, than the corresponding population figure.

5. The relevant population refers to all males aged 65 and above and females aged 60 and above living in the specified areas.

6. A full basic State Pension (£77.45 in 2003–04) is paid to those who fully satisfy the contribution conditions either in their own right or where applicable, on the basis of their late or former spouse's contributions.

Sources:

1. IAD Information Centre, 5 per cent, sample as at 31 March 2004.

2. The Population data sources are the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the General Register Office, Scotland (GROS).

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