Pensions

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of adults who were not members of any pension scheme in each year since 1997.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Pensions Reform) and Minister (Yorkshire and the Humber)

The following table gives a time series breakdown of working age adults who were not members of any active private pension scheme.

Number of working age adults who were not members of any private pension scheme (million) Total number of working age adults (million) Percentage of working age adults who were not a member of any private pension scheme
1999-2000 17.3 31.8 54
2000-01 17.5 32.0 55
2001-02 17.6 32.3 54
2002-03 17.9 32.5 55
2003-04 18.3 32.5 56
2004-05 18.7 32.5 57
2005-06 19.0 32.8 58
Notes:

1. All figures are estimates and are taken from the Family Resources Survey (FRS). 2005-06 is the latest year for which these data are available.

2. Results are presented for 1990-2000 onwards. Data in earlier years are not comparable because of the implementation of improvements in government surveys relating to pensions from that date.

3. Private pension refers to either an occupational, personal or stakeholder pension scheme.

4. Working age is ages 20-59 for women and 20-64 for men.

Source:

Family Resources Survey, Great Britain, 1999-2000 to 2005-06

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