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Pension Credit and Winter Fuel Payments

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 21st February 2005.

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Photo of Ms Lorna Fitzsimons Ms Lorna Fitzsimons Labour, Rochdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Rochdale constituency have received pension credit in each year since it started.

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

The information is given in the table. Further information on numbers of households and individuals in receipt of pension credit and average awards at 31 December 2004 is contained in the most recent quarterly pension credit progress report, which was published on 3 February. A copy of the report is in the Library.

Pension credit recipients, Rochdale, 2003–04
Date Households Individuals
December 2003 4,510 5.465
December 2004 5,485 6,710

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

2. Figures relate to the end of the month.

3. Individuals comprise claimants and partners and may contain a small number of partners aged under 60.

4. Pension credit replaced minimum income guarantee from 6 October 2003.

5. Parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS directory.

6. The figures for December 2004 are the latest available.

Source:

IAD Information Centre, Department for Work and Pensions, 100 per cent. sample

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