HC Deb 24 January 2001 vol 361 c636W
Mr. Willetts

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security for what reasons pensioner families in the top income decile are eligible for the minimum income guarantee, as indicated in chart 5.3 of the latest Pre-Budget report. [146345]

Mr. Rooker

Entitlement to the Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG) is determined on a Benefit Unit basis and hence it is possible for pensioners with MIG entitlement to live with others who have incomes sufficiently high to place the household in the top decile. Chart 5.3 in the latest pre-Budget report measures income gains by household equivalised income. This definition means that income is equivalised across all members of the household.