Social Security Benefits and State Retirement Pensions: Post Office Card Account

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th September 2021.

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Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Disabilities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of (a) benefits and (b) state pension who have not registered a bank account with her Department still receive payments through a Post Office card account.

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

As of August 2021 there were less than 350k active Post Office Card Accounts. This is down from 1 million in 2019.

The exact number of Post Office card account customers in receipt of a) benefit and b) State Pension is not available for a variety of reasons.

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