Social Security Benefits

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 23rd January 2015.

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Photo of Pamela Nash Pamela Nash Labour, Airdrie and Shotts

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of (a) pension credit, (b) winter fuel allowance and (c) Christmas Bonus there were in each of the last five years up to the most recent period for which figures are available in (i) the UK, (ii) Scotland, (iii) England, (iv) Wales and (v) Northern Ireland.

Photo of Pamela Nash Pamela Nash Labour, Airdrie and Shotts

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of (a) pension credit, (b) winter fuel allowance and (c) Christmas bonus there were in each of the last five years up to the most recent period for which figures are available in (i) Airdrie and Shotts constituency and (ii) North Lanarkshire.

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

Latest available statistics for Pension Credit recipients in Great Britain are published on the Department’s website at:

http://tabulation-tool.dwp.gov.uk/100pc/pc/tabtool_pc.html

Guidance for users is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dwp-tabulation-tool-guidance

Latest available statistics for Winter Fuel Payments in Great Britain are published on the Department’s website at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/winter-fuel-payments-caseload-and-household-figures

Available statistics for Christmas bonus payments are in the table

Recipients of Christmas Bonus(*) by Geographical Area (Thousands)

All (GB and Overseas)

Airdrie and Shotts

North Lanarkshire

England

Scotland

Wales

2013/14

15,468

22

84

12,777

1,351

858

2012/13

15,586

22

85

12,873

1,370

870

2011/12

15,547

23

86

12,841

1,374

876

2010/11

15,466

23

86

12,773

1,373

878

2009/10

15,370

23

87

12,693

1,374

878

(*) To get a Christmas Bonus a person must be present or ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, any European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland during the qualifying week.

Responsibility for these benefits in Northern Ireland is a matter for the Northern Ireland Executive Minister for Social Development.

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