HC Deb 09 February 1993 vol 218 c598W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will estimate the effect on the number of unemployment benefit claimants of the abatement at 55 years introduced on 1 January 1989 for occupational pensioners, and 9 October 1989 for personal pensioners(a) at the point of introduction and (b) currently.

1. Mr. Burt

The information requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

However, the numbers of persons aged 55 years and over whose unemployment benefit is abated in full due to their receipt of an occupational and/or personal pension is shown in the table.

Unemployment Claimants whose Entitlement to Unemployment Benefit is Abated in Full an Occupational and/or Personal Pension
Date Total (Thousands)
May 1989 6.0
November 1989 5.0
May 1992 9.2


Source: Half-yearly Analysis of Unemployed Claimants, 5 per cent. sample.

2. Figures shown are for all claimants whose entitlement to UB is abated in full due to receipt of an occupational and/or personal pension. No separate figures are maintained of persons affected solely by the legislation introduced on 1 January 1989 and 9th October 1989.

3. Figures are not available for the points of introduction or present date. Those shown for May and November 1989 are for the first half yearly analysis following introduction. Those for May 1992 are the latest available.

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