Pensions

Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 24 March 2005.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total value of basic state pension payments paid to pensioners in the city of York local authority area was in 1996–97; what the total value of such payments would have been in 2004–05 if the basic state pension had been increased in line with (a) prices and (b) wages between 1996–97 and 2004–05; and what he estimates the total value of (i) basic state pension payments, (ii) pension credit payments, (iii) winter fuel payments, (iv) council tax £100 payments and (v) free television licences to the over 75s in that area will be in 2004–05.

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

Basic state pension expenditure information is not available at constituency or local authority level before 1999–2000, so it is not possible to state the total value of basic state pension payments to pensioners in the city of York local authority area in 1996–97.

However, it has been possible to calculate that if the basic state pension had been increased in line with (a) prices and (b) wages between 1996–97 and 2004–05, the total value of such payments in 2004–05 would have been (a) £127.6 million and (b) £145.9 million respectively.

The other available information is in the following table.

2004–05 city Of York local authority area expenditure, £ million, cash terms
(£)
Basic state pension payments 136.9
Pension credit payments 11.0
Winter fuel payments 6.5
Council tax £100 payments 1.7
Free television licences to over 75s payments 1.4

Notes:

1. All figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred thousand pounds.

2. Expenditure for basic state pension and pension credit has been apportioned using 2004–05 Quarterly Statistical Inquiry data.

3. Figures for expenditure on basic state pension exclude people receiving Category C or Category D pension only, additional state pension only or graduated retirement benefit only.

4. Pension credit expenditure includes both the guarantee credit and the savings credit.

5. 2004–05 Quarterly Statistical Inquiry data is not yet available for winter fuel, council tax £100 payments or free television licence expenditure. Therefore, 2003–04 data has been used. It has been assumed that the City of York's proportion of the Great Britain total (United Kingdom in the case of free television licence expenditure) would be very similar in 2003–04 and 2004–05.

6. Winter fuel expenditure includes the basic winter fuel payment and the Over 80s payment, which was introduced in 2003–04.

7. Council tax £100 payments has been interpreted to mean the over 70s payment introduced in 2004–05.

8. Free television licence expenditure data is not available at a local level within the Department. The expenditure has been estimated using the number of households where there is one or more people aged 75 or over, according to the Department's winter fuel payments database, and the estimated cost of free television licences in 2004–05.

9. Figures are consistent with the pre-budget report 2004 and with expenditure information published on the internet at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/expenditure.asp (table3). These tables will shortly be updated with budget 2005 figures.

Source:

Expenditure is based on departmental forecasts underpinning the pre-budget report and has been apportioned using Quarterly Statistical Inquiry data, from 2003–04 or 2004–05, for the relevant benefits. The data is based on a 5 per cent. sample, and therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation, with the exception of winter fuel, council tax £100 payments and free television licence expenditure which have been calculated from 100 per cent. samples.

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