HC Deb 22 January 1998 vol 304 cc663-4W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will estimate for the current year and for 1992 average pensioners income from all sources(a) for all pensioners and (b) for the age groups (i) over 75 years of age, (ii) over 80 years of age and (iii) over 85 years of age. [23669]

Mr. Denham

The information requested is set out in the table.

1995–96 1992
Mean gross income (£) Sample Mean gross income (£) Sample
All pensioner units 196.80 2,000 181.00 2,183
Pensioner units where the head is aged over 75 173.20 731 148.00 778
Pensioner units where the head is aged over 80 170.80 391 136.70 376
Pensioner units where the head is aged over 85 191.70 133 135.70 122


The Pensioners' Incomes Series 1995–96 based on the Family Expenditure Survey.


1. The latest year for which information is available is 1995–96.

2. Pensioner Units are defined as single (non-cohabiting) persons over State pension age or couples (married or cohabiting) where the man, defined as the head, is over State pension age.

3. All figures are in July 1995 prices and are rounded to the nearest 10 pence.

4. Figures based on small numbers of pensioner units are subject to sampling error. Therefore, year on year comparisons of small groups, particularly those pensioner units aged over 85, may not be robust.

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