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Pension Credit

Stephen Hesford: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Wirral, West constituency are eligible for pension credit. [62443]

Mr. Timms: The information requested is not available.

Latest estimates of the number of pensioners entitled to the main income-related benefits, including Pension Credit, relate to financial year 2003–2004. They are available on a national basis only, as estimates cannot be reliably disaggregated at a lower geographical level. They can be found in the DWP report entitled Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2003–2004". Copies of the publication are available in the Library. Estimates for 2004–2005 are expected to be published in May 2006.

At the end of November 2005 4,000 pensioner households in Wirral West were in receipt of Pension Credit.

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Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Scotland are in receipt of pension credit, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) constituency. [62813]

Mr. Timms: The information requested is in the following table.
Pension credit recipients in Scotland as at November 2005

HouseholdsIndividual beneficiaries
By local authority
Local authority
Aberdeen City8,90010,400
Argyll and Bute4,8005,700
Scottish Borders6,2007,600
West Dumbartonshire6,8008,100
Dumfries and Galloway8,80010,900
Dundee City9,60011,200
East Ayrshire7,9009,700
East Dumbartonshire3,6004,400
East Lothian4,6005,500
East Renfrewshire3,1003,800
Edinburgh, City of17,50020,300
Glasgow City46,70054,900
North Ayrshire8,50010,400
North Lanarkshire20,90025,600
Orkney Islands1,0001,100
Perth and Kinross6,5007,800
Shetland Isles1,0001,200
South Ayrshire6,4007,800
South Lanarkshire18,50022,700
West Lothian7,7009,400
Eilean Siar2,5003,000
By constituency
Parliamentary constituency
Aberdeen North4,8005,600
Aberdeen South3,2003,700
Airdrie and Shotts5,4006,700
Argyll and Bute4,8005,700
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock5,8007,200
Banff and Buchan4,6005,600
Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk5,3006,500
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross3,5004,300
Central Ayrshire5,2006,300
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill6,1007,400
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East4,3005,300
Dumfries and Galloway5,8007,200
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale4,6005,700
Dundee East4,5005,400
Dundee West6,1007,100
Dunfermline and West Fife3,3003,900
East Dunbartonshire2,5003,000
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow5,1006,300
East Lothian4,6005,500
East Renfrewshire3,1003,800
Edinburgh East4,5005,200
Edinburgh North and Leith3,6004,100
Edinburgh South2,7003,200
Edinburgh South West3,3003,800
Edinburgh West3,3003,900
Glasgow Central6,5007,600
Glasgow East7,9009,400
Glasgow North4,2004,900
Glasgow North East8,80010,400
Glasgow North West6,5007,600
Glasgow South5,6006,600
Glasgow South West7,1008,300
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey4,0004,700
Kilmarnock and Loudoun6,1007,500
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath5,1006,200
Lanark and Hamilton East5,9007,200
Linlithgow and East Falkirk5,5006,700
Motherwell and Wishaw6,2007,400
Na h-Eileanan an lar2,5003,000
North Ayrshire and Arran5,7007,000
North East Fife3,2003,900
Ochil and South Perthshire4,4005,300
Orkney and Shetland2,0002,300
Paisley and Renfrewshire North4,4005,300
Paisley and Renfrewshire South5,7006,800
Perth and North Perthshire4,6005,400
Ross, Skye and Lochaber3,4004,100
Rutherglen and Hamilton West6,7008,200
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine2,5003,000
West Dunbartonshire6,8008,100

1. These figures are early estimates. Operational processing times mean that a number of claim commencements and terminations are not reflected in the figures. The final figures incorporated within the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) will take account of such cases.
2. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest hundred. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
3. Caseload figures are taken from the GMS scan at 25 November 2005, rated up to give end-month estimates.
4. Pension credit (PC) replaced minimum income guarantee (MIG) on 6 October 2003. Existing MIG recipients were automatically converted onto pension credit on that date (assuming constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory.)
5. This table uses the new Scottish parliamentary constituencies created in May 2005.
6. Household recipients are those people who claim PC either on behalf of themselves only or on behalf of a household. This number is equal to the number of households in receipt of PC. The number of individual beneficiaries is the claimants plus their partners.
7. Couples may include partners who are aged less than 60.
Information Directorate: 100 per cent. data from the Generalised Matching Service (GMS).
Pension credit scan taken as at 25 November 2005.

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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the total cost of administering pension credit since it was established, including IT and set up costs. [63303]

Mr. Timms: The information requested is not available.

The cost of administering pension credit claims during the year to March 2005 has been estimated as £237 million. This figure is an approximate assessment only.
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The Pension Service continues to develop its unit cost information. A modern resource management system which will support improved costing analysis is being rolled out across the Department in 2006.

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what is the anticipated future (a) pension credit expenditure in real terms assuming constant take-up and (b) projected proportion of the pensioner population who will be eligible for pension credit in (i) 2010, (ii) 2020, (iii) 2030, (iv) 2040 and (v) 2050. [63951]

Mr. Timms: Projections of pension credit expenditure in real terms are published as part of the long-term DWP benefit expenditure tables at For pension credit the projections assume constant overall take-up from March 2008.

The numbers eligible for pension credit in the future are subject to a range of uncertainties and a number of factors including the ways that Governments choose to uprate benefits. The table shows the projected proportion of pensioner households eligible for pension credit in each year if basic state pension was to be uprated with prices and pension credit guarantee with earnings every year to 2050.
Projected proportion of pensioner households eligible for pension credit for selected years

Range (percentage)

1. Estimates are based on Family Resources Survey data for 2003–04, with incomes and benefits projected forward into the future in order to estimate the eligibility for each pensioner household on the survey.
2. As with National Statistics estimates of eligibility to pension credit in 2003–04, estimates are given as ranges in order to account for possible biases in Family Resource Survey data. They also take account of the effects of sampling variation. It is assumed that the size of this range remains constant in future years relative to the decreasing proportion of non-eligible pensioner households.
3. Estimates of eligibility cover all those aged above women's state pension age in the private household population of Great Britain.
4. The projections assume the continuation of the current uprating of the standard minimum guarantee by earnings, although the Government are not committed to this beyond 2008.
5. Estimates account for equalisation of state pension age between 2010 and 2020. It is assumed that the minimum age at which people can claim pension credit rises in line with women's state pension age.
6. Estimates are calibrated to the 2003–04 National Statistics estimates of non-eligibility to pension credit, which adjust 2003–04 Family Resources Survey data to take account of possible biases in reporting.

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