§ Mr. Ainger
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many pensioner households there were in which three quarters or more of the total income was derived from national insurance retirement and similar pensions and housing and other benefits in supplement to or instead of such pensions in each of the last five financial years. 287W
§ Mr. Heald
The information is in the table.
Calendar Year Number of Pensioners Units 1988 3,750,000 1989 3,750,000 1990 3,500,000 1992 3,500,000 1993 3,600,000
1. The pensioners' incomes series gives estimates for pensioner units. A pensioner unit is defined as being either a single person over state pension age or a couple where the man is over state pension age (SPA).
2. Income from state benefits has been calculated as income from national insurance benefits and all other benefits that may be received above SPA, such as income related benefits and disability benefits.
The source of these estimates is the pensioners' incomes series, which is based mainly on data from the family expenditure survey carried out over calendar years and covers the whole of the United Kingdom. The figures given are for the last five calendar years for which pensioners' incomes series data are available, and rounded to the nearest 50,000.
§ Mr. Michael Brown
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when he plans to publish new information on pensioners.