HL Deb 08 November 1999 vol 606 c129WA
Baroness Castle of Blackburn

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they intend to publish the reports of the nine pilot schemes into the reasons why so many pensioners fail to claim the means-tested benefits to which they are entitled, together with the report analysing their findings; and what is the cost of the whole exercise [HL4538]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Department of Social Security (Baroness Hollis of Heigham)

Research on why pensioners do not take up their entitlement to income support was published on 15 October. The evaluation of the pilot initiatives will be published later this year. The cost of the qualitative and quantitative research was £316,000. The pilot evaluation and the contextual survey that will be published with it will cost £279,000.