§ Baroness Castle of Blackburn
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is the estimated cost of the pension credit in 2003–04. [HL4686]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security Baroness Hollis of Heigham
The costs of the Pension Credit will depend on decisions about the detailed design following the consultation exercise—such as the nature of the interactions with other benefits such as Housing Benefit and the detail of the legislation when it has 171WA completed its passage through Parliament. The Government will bring forward estimates of the Pension Credit once they have considered responses to the consultation exercise.