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|Household recipients of pension credit in parliamentary constituencies in Wales: May 2006 to May 2008|
|Constituency||May 2006||May 2007||May 2008|
1. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest ten, totals may not sum due to rounding.
2. Household recipients are those people who claim pension credit either for themselves only or on behalf on a household.
DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension credit applications were not processed within 10 days in each of the last three years. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: While the majority of claims are processed within the actual average clearance time target, there are some cases where it is necessary to request additional information from the customer to ensure they get all the money to which they are entitled.
The time taken to process a claim does not affect the start date of payments. Payment will be backdated to the point the claim was first submitted.
People should claim as soon as they think they are eligible. From October customers can claim four benefits in one free phone call: state pension, pension credit, council tax benefit and housing benefit. In some circumstances, we will also arrange face to face visits to help with completion of the claim.
|Pension credit clearance times|
|2005-06||2006-07||2007-208||( 1) 2008-09|
|(1) Year to date (September)|
(2) AACT - Actual Average Clearance Time
Pension Service Legacy System
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent by his Department on pensioners per capita in (a) Crosby constituency and (b) England in each year since 1997. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The requested information for Crosby constituency is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Information for Great Britain is in the table.
|Great Britain expenditure on pensioners, per capita: Prices 2008-09|
1 Expenditure on pensioners per capita has been assembled from pensioner expenditure on the basic state pension, state second pension, pension credit, winter fuel payments, attendance allowance, disability living allowance, housing benefit and council tax benefit.
2 Expenditure includes that going to people resident overseas.
3 Expenditure for pension credit, housing benefit, council tax benefit and winter fuel payments includes that going to men aged 60 to 64.
4 To calculate per capita expenditure, the assembled expenditure was divided by pensioner populations, namely men and women over state pension age.
5 All figures are for Great Britain. Information regarding Northern Ireland is a matter for the Northern Ireland Office.
6 The DWP expenditure tables can be found on the DWP website at the following address:
The information has been calculated using DWP accounting data and the 2006-based population projections published by the Office for National Statistics.
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