To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on (a) pension credit, (b) the second state pension, (c) the basic state pension, (d) widow's benefit, (e) free television licenses, (f) Christmas bonuses, (g) attendance allowance paid to pensioners and (h) carers allowance paid to pensioners expressed in current prices in each of the last 10 years.
The information is in the table.
|Expenditure on selected DWP benefits paid to pensioners|
|Great Britain, 2008- 09 prices||(a) Pension Credit and predecessors||(b) SERPS and S2P||(c) Basic State Pension||(d) Widow's and Bereavement Benefits||(e) Over 75 TV Licence||(f) Christmas Bonus||(g) Attendance Allowance||(h) Carer's Allowance|
| Notes: |
1. Pension credit replaced income support for people over 60/minimum income guarantee in 2003-04. Figures include spending on men aged 60 to 64.
2. The main reason for the decline in the payment of widow's and bereavement benefits from 2002-03 is due to changes in the criteria for receipt of the benefits. Widow's benefit is now closed to new claimants, who now receive a bereavement benefit instead. In addition, persons in receipt of widow's and bereavement benefits now receive state pension on reaching state pension age. Previously, persons in receipt of widow's benefit continued to receive this benefit on reaching state pension age and did not receive a state pension. Also, a declining mortality rate means a slight reduction in the numbers claiming these benefits.
3. Over 75 TV licences expenditure is on a UK basis, and was introduced in 2000-01.
4. Christmas bonus comprises of contributory and non-contributory payments and includes all payments made including a small amount to people not of pension age.
5. Carer's allowance replaced invalid care allowance in 2002-03. Consistent estimates of payment of the benefit to pensioners are only available from 2003-04.
DWP Benefits expenditure tables and accounting data for 2007-08.