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Universal Credit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Anne Begg Anne Begg Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions further to his Department's impact assessment on universal credit, how many couples at the latest date for which figures are available comprised one member of working-age and one member eligible for pension credit.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The information available is set out in the table. This provides the number of couples in receipt of income replacement benefits administered by the Department of Work and Pensions.

Number of couples receiving income replacement benefits at February 2011 with one member of working age and one eligible for pension credit
Benefit type Claimant over 60 partner under 60 Claimant under 60 partner over 60
Pension Credit 93,200 0
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance 1,100 1,700
Income Support 2,600 1,900
Notes: 1. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 100. 2. The figures assume that pension credit is available when one partner reaches age 60. However, the qualifying age for pension credit is increasing in line with the increase in women's state pension age. At February 2011 the qualifying age for pension credit was between 60 and four months and 60 and five months. Current data do not allow analysis that takes account of the increase in qualifying age. 3. Jobseeker's allowance is payable until state pension age. Income support is payable until a person reaches the pension credit qualifying age, so these data include those who are over 60 who have not yet reached the pension credit qualifying age. 4. Data are not available for partners of employment and support allowance or incapacity benefit claimants. 5. The best statistics on benefits are now derived from 100% data sources. However the 5% sample data still provide some detail not yet available from the 100% data sources. The proportions from the 5% sample data have been used and applied to the overall 100% total for the benefit to determine the total number of couples. 6. Figures are not available for couples who may be entitled to this support, but do not claim it. Source: Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 5% sample

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