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

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Photo of Stephen Hepburn Stephen Hepburn Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average state pension for a pensioner living in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK has been in each year since 1997.

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

The available information is in the table.

£ weekly average
Jarrow parliamentary constituency South Tyneside local authority North East GOR Great Britain
September 1997 62.90
March 1998 63.23
September 1999 68.60 67.82 68.41 68.95
September 2000 70.01 69.36 69.99 70.53
September 2001 75.59 75.06 75.51 76.07
September 2002 79.57 79.13 79.12 79.71
September 2003 82.52 82.26 81.83 82.43
September 2004 86.36 85.71 84.93 85.55


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

2. Figures prior to 1999 are only available for Great Britain. There are no figures for September 1998 so March 1998 figures have been provided.

3. State pension means Category A, B, C or D state pension or graduated retirement benefit.

4. Parliamentary constituencies and local authority areas are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant Office for National Statistics postcode directory.

5. North East GOR is the North East Government Office Region which includes: the unitary authorities of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton on Tees; authorities in Durham—Chester-le-Street, Derwentside, Durham, Easington, Sedgefield, Teesdale and Wear Valley; authorities in Northumberland—Alnwick, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Blyth Valley, Castle Morpeth, Tynedale and Wansbeck; and authorities in the Metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear—Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland).


IAD Information Centre, five per cent. sample for 30 September or 31 March for the years shown.

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