HC Deb 18 December 1989 vol 164 cc70-1W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what percentage of pensioner households have been dependent on state pensions and benefits for at least 75 per cent. of their income in each of the last 10 years.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

[holding answer 7 December 1989]: The latest information available in the form requested is taken from the 1986 family expenditure survey. Information up to that date is as follows:

Year Per cent
1979 62
1980 61
1981 61

Year Per cent
1982 61
1983 59
1984 60
1985 58
1986 58

Source: Family Expenditure Survey.

Note: A pensioner tax unit is a single pensioner or a married couple where the man is over pension age.

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