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Age Positive is using publications, websites, exhibitions and awards initiatives to promote good practice standards. Employers large and small are supporting Age
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Positive as Champions, sharing their positive employment practices, and reporting the business benefits of employing older workers as part of an age-diverse workforce-higher retention rates, lower absenteeism, increased motivation, greater flexibility and a wider pool of skills.
We are working with leading business organisations in the Age Partnership Group to develop and promote the 'Be Ready' national guidance campaign. We launched the campaign in May this year, with a newsletter mailed to 1.4 million employers offering a range of guidance materials. Next spring we will be offering a further wave of guidance products. We will continue working alongside our business partners, such as ACAS, to help employers to prepare for age legislation, which is due in October 2006.
Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the latest report of the Pensions Commission; and if he will make a statement on the Government's plans for pension reform. 
As far as the specific recommendations are concerned, the Government are ruling nothing in and nothing out. Ministers have asked the Pensions Commission to continue their involvement in the public debate over the next few months. The Government will work towards the publication of a White Paper in the spring which will set out their response.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c) Hertfordshire, (d) Greater London and (e) England and Wales (i) are of pensionable age and (ii) receive a state pension; and what the equivalent figures were in (A) 1992, (B) 1996, (C) 1997, (D) 1998, (E) 2001 and (F) 2004. 
|People receiving a state pension||33,500||33,300||33,600||33,400||33,300||33,200|
|People receiving a state pension||244,000||246,200||249,300||253,500||257,900||261,600|
|People receiving a state pension||176,500||175,800||177,100||178,800||180,600||182,200|
|People receiving a state pension||971,600||967,500||961,000||957,100||953,600||950,200|
|People receiving a state pension||9,227,900||9,271,700||9,320,100||9,403,600||9,505,100||9,593,400|
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of pensioners were eligible for (a) housing benefit, (b) council tax benefit and (c) pension credit on the latest date for which figures are available; and what the forecasted figures are for 2050 assuming that eligibility rules remain the same. 
The latest estimates of the number and proportion of pensioners entitled to the main income-related benefits relate to financial year 200203 (before the introduction of pension credit). Estimates for housing benefit, council tax benefit and minimum income guaranteethe predecessor to pension credit
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can be found in the DWP report entitled Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 200203". Copies of the publication are available in the Library.
Estimates of the number of people entitled to pension credit will be published on 19 December 2005 and will include the first six months of pension credit. Estimates for the full year 200405 are expected to be published in May 2006.
The numbers entitled to income-related benefits in the future will depend on a wide range of factors including the ways Governments choose to uprate benefits. The following table shows entitlement estimates if the current uprating approaches are continued in the future.
|Entitled households (million)||Entitled individuals (individual)||Proportion of individuals over pension age entitled (percentage)|
|Council tax benefit||5.1||6.8||40|
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Beverley and Holderness received overpayments of pension credits in 200304; what the total sum overpaid was; and how much of this has been written off. 
Mr. Timms: One person was overpaid pension credit in the Beverley and Holderness constituency during the financial year 200304, amounting to £126.82. Information relating to the amount written off is not available at the constituency level.
Mr. Timms: The long-term sustainability of pension credit depends on the decisions of successive Governments about the level at which it is set and the entitlement rules that apply. However, the Government have undertaken to increase the guarantee credit in line with average earnings until 2008.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the East Riding of Yorkshire were entitled to pension credit in the most recent month for which figures are available. 
The latest available estimates of the number of pensioners entitled to the main income-related benefits relate to financial year 200203 and predate the introduction of pension credit. They are available on a national basis only, as estimates cannot be reliably disaggregated into lower geographies. Estimates for minimum income guaranteethe predecessor to pension creditcan be found in the DWP report entitled Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2002/2003". Copies of the publication are available in the Library.
Estimates for pension credit will be published on 19 December 2005; this publication will include the first six months of pension credit. Estimates for the full year 200405 are expected to be published in May 2006.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Tamworth constituency were entitled to an income-related benefit in each year since 1997; and what proportion of pensioners claimed this benefit in each year since 1997. 
Estimates of the number of pensioners entitled to the main income-related benefits are available on a national basis only. These can be found in the DWP report series: Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up"; copies of which are held in the Library.
|Number of recipients|
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