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Pension Credit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th June 2008.

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Photo of Don Touhig Don Touhig Labour, Islwyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) what estimate his Department has made of the amount of pension credit unclaimed in (a) Islwyn constituency, (b) England and (c) Wales in each year since its introduction;

(2) how many pensioners in Islwyn constituency are (a) eligible for and (b) receive a pension credit. [This section has been corrected on 17 September 2008, column 14MC — read correction]

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State (Pension Reform), Department for Work and Pensions

Estimates of eligibility, take-up and the amount of benefit unclaimed are not available below the level of Great Britain. It is not therefore possible to say how many people are eligible to pension credit or how much pension credit is unclaimed in Islwyn constituency, England or Wales.

Latest estimates of take-up rates, the number of pensioners who were entitled but not claiming pension credit and the amount of pension credit unclaimed in Great Britain were published in the "Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2006/07" report. A copy of this report is available in the Library.

As at February 2008 there were 3,910 pensioner households—4,860 individuals—receiving pension credit in Islwyn constituency.


1. The figures provided are early estimates. 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 28 February 2008. These are adjusted using the historical relationship between WPLS and GMS data to give an estimate of the final WPLS figure.

2. Case loads are rounded to the nearest 10.

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

4. Individual beneficiaries includes both claimants and their partners.

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