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Latest estimates of the number of pensioners entitled to the main income-related benefits, including Pension Credit, relate to financial year 20032004. 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 20032004". Copies of the publication are available in the Library. Estimates for 20042005 are expected to be published in May 2006.
3. Operational processing times mean that a number of claim commencements and terminations are not reflected in this figure. The final figure incorporated within the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) will take account of such cases.
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 they still met the eligibility criteria).
5. 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.
|By local authority|
|Argyll and Bute||4,800||5,700|
|Dumfries and Galloway||8,800||10,900|
|Edinburgh, City of||17,500||20,300|
|Perth and Kinross||6,500||7,800|
|Airdrie and Shotts||5,400||6,700|
|Argyll and Bute||4,800||5,700|
|Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock||5,800||7,200|
|Banff and Buchan||4,600||5,600|
|Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk||5,300||6,500|
|Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross||3,500||4,300|
|Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill||6,100||7,400|
|Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East||4,300||5,300|
|Dumfries and Galloway||5,800||7,200|
|Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale||4,600||5,700|
|Dunfermline and West Fife||3,300||3,900|
|East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow||5,100||6,300|
|Edinburgh North and Leith||3,600||4,100|
|Edinburgh South West||3,300||3,800|
|Glasgow North East||8,800||10,400|
|Glasgow North West||6,500||7,600|
|Glasgow South West||7,100||8,300|
|Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey||4,000||4,700|
|Kilmarnock and Loudoun||6,100||7,500|
|Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath||5,100||6,200|
|Lanark and Hamilton East||5,900||7,200|
|Linlithgow and East Falkirk||5,500||6,700|
|Motherwell and Wishaw||6,200||7,400|
|Na h-Eileanan an lar||2,500||3,000|
|North Ayrshire and Arran||5,700||7,000|
|North East Fife||3,200||3,900|
|Ochil and South Perthshire||4,400||5,300|
|Orkney and Shetland||2,000||2,300|
|Paisley and Renfrewshire North||4,400||5,300|
|Paisley and Renfrewshire South||5,700||6,800|
|Perth and North Perthshire||4,600||5,400|
|Ross, Skye and Lochaber||3,400||4,100|
|Rutherglen and Hamilton West||6,700||8,200|
|West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine||2,500||3,000|
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. 
Mr. Timms: Projections of pension credit expenditure in real terms are published as part of the long-term DWP benefit expenditure tables at www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/LT3.xls. 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.
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