Social Security Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 4th February 2008.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of at least one benefit at the most recent date for which figures are available.

Photo of James Plaskitt James Plaskitt Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

The estimated number of people in the UK in receipt of at least one benefit including child benefit and state retirement pension is 22,400,000.


1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100,000.

2. Benefit receipt is based on self-assessment and therefore may be subject to mis-reporting.

3. Benefits include retirement pension and child benefit.


Family Resources Survey, United Kingdom 2005-06.

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