Pensioners: Eltham

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Eltham are entitled to receive pension credit; and how many he estimates have yet to claim it.

Photo of James Purnell James Purnell Minister of State (Pensions Reform), Department for Work and Pensions

Estimates of eligibility are not available below the level of Great Britain, and it is not therefore possible to say how many pensioners are eligible for pension credit in Eltham or how many have yet to take-up their entitlement.

The latest estimates of the number of pensioners in Great Britain entitled to pension credit were published in "Pension Credit Estimates of Take-Up in 2004-2005". A copy of the report is available in the Library.

Pension credit has been highly successful in reducing pensioner poverty and now, for the first time in a period of sustained economic growth, pensioners are less likely to be in poverty than the population as a whole. Since the introduction of pension credit, the number of pensioners in relative poverty has fallen by half a million.

We continue to make every effort to ensure that pension credit goes to those who are entitled to it. The latest estimates showed that 2.7 million households were receiving pension credit, and this includes 3,150 households in Eltham.

Notes:

1. The figure provided is an early estimate. The preferred data source for figures supplied by DWP is the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS). However, the figure provided is the latest available figure which is taken from the GMS scan at 1 December 2006. These are adjusted using the historical relationship between WPLS and GMS data to give an estimate of the final WPLS figure.

2. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest 10.

3. Household recipients are those people who claim pension credit either for themselves only or on behalf of a household.

Source:

DWP 100 per cent. data from the Generalised Matching Service (GMS) Pension Credit scan taken as at 1 December 2006

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