HC Deb 15 March 1983 vol 39 cc142-3W

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in relation to the earnings-related pension element of the two-part pension under the Social Security Pensions Act 1975, how many men and how many women have received the earnings-related element in each of the years in which this has to date been paid and if he will give an estimate for the current year; what has been the average weekly amount paid, both to men and women, in each of the years to date; and if he will divide the weekly amount of each year's earnings-related element pension paid into 10 bands—or whatever banding is more convenient—and show the proportion of recipients falling into each band.

Some figures are given in table 13.47 of the annual publication "Social Security Statistics". The following two tables show the numbers of men and women who were receiving the additional earnings related component to retirement pension on the given dates, together with a distribution of the amount in payment. The numbers for 1979 to 1982 are based on a 10 per cent. sample of pensions in payment, those for 1983 are

 Number of men and women with additional component to retirement pensions by amount of additional component (£ weekly) Thousands Date as at Less than 50 .50 to .99 1.00 to 1.49 1.50 to 1.99 2.00 to 2.49 2.50 to 2.99 3.00 to 3.49 3.50 to 3.99 4.00 to 4.49 4.50 to 4.99 5.00 and over *Total Average amount £ 30 November 1979 Men Number 20,960 38,620 15,100 2,050 100 — — — — — — 76,830 0.72 Percentage 27.3 50.3 19.7 2.7 0.1 — — — — — — 100 Women Number 7,290 4,500 1,350 220 — — — — — — — 13,360 0.53 Percentage 54.6 33.7 10.1 1.6 — — — — — — — 100 28 November 1980 Men Number 35,760 78,400 59,500 31,840 14,560 7,170 5,580 — — — — 232,810 1.15 Percentage 15.4 33.7 25.6 13.7 6.3 3.1 2.4 — — — — 100 Women Number 21,320 22,590 12,430 5,770 1,560 1,280 660 — — — — 65,610 0.86 Percentage 32.5 34.4 18.9 8.8 2.4 2.0 1.0 — — — — 100 30 November 1981 Men Number 46,950 85,230 80,660 61,310 38,570 29,310 20,110 15,310 5,560 3,550 5,340 391,900 1.63 Percentage 12.0 21.7 20.6 15.6 9.8 7.5 5.1 3.9 1.4 0.9 1.4 100 Women Number 27,050 33,590 23,570 15,940 7,450 5,220 3,650 2,190 720 530 640 120,550 1.23 Percentage 22.4 27.9 19.6 13.2 6.2 4.3 3.0 1.8 0.6 0.4 0.5 100 30 September 1982 Men Number 64,580 93,040 89,460 71,340 51,180 43,380 35,150 28,800 16,480 11,790 27,290 532,490 2.00 Percentage 12.1 17.5 16.8 13.4 9.6 8.1 6.6 5.4 3.1 2.2 5.1 100 Women Men 37,500 41,930 32,660 25,070 14,460 11,350 8,470 5,780 3,160 2,290 4,510 187,180 1.53 Percentage 20.0 22.4 17.4 13.4 7.7 6.1 4.5 3.1 1.7 1.2 2.4 100 * Rounded to nearest thousands.