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Pensions: Digital Technology

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 6th March 2020.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department holds digital pension records for all pensioners.

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The number of people claiming State Pension was 12.6 million at August 2019 with an estimated spend on State Pensions for 2018/19, at around £97 billion.

References: DWP benefits expenditure and caseload tables publication, available at and the August 2019 Statistical Enquiry, available at

The DWP holds the digital information necessary to support the payment and administration of State Pensions.

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