Pension Credit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 5th October 2005.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport), Liberal Democrat Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of pension credit guarantee element recipients in each region were previously in receipt of the minimum income guarantee.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The information is given in the following table.

Guarantee credit households by Government office region,March 2005
Government office region Guarantee credit households Proportion who were converted from minimum income guarantee (percentage)
Scotland 220,290 72.17
Wales 127,620 69.26
North East 119,610 73.61
North West 284,470 72.98
Yorkshire and the Humber 198,475 72.08
East Midlands 147,605 69.66
West Midlands 219,365 72.45
East of England 168,995 68.00
London 245,215 75.25
South East 211,945 67.60
South West 172,155 68.31
Great Britain total 2,115,745 71.28


1. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest five.

2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

3. Guarantee credit households include those who were receiving guarantee credit only and those who were receiving both guarantee credit and savings credit.

4. Pension credit replaced minimum income guarantee (MIG) on 6 October 2003.

5. Data from the generalised matching service 100 per cent. scans taken on 18 March 2005. All figures have been rated up to give month-end estimates.

6. Those converted from MIG are those who were MIG recipients as at 3 October 2003 and are in receipt of pension credit on 18 March 2005.


Information Directorate 100 per cent. sample.

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