HC Deb 12 March 2002 vol 381 cc960-1W
Lynne Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assumption he has made about the proportion of pensioners receiving the minimum income guarantee(a) with and (b) without setting the basic state pension at the same level for (i) all pensioners, (ii) those aged over 75 years and (iii) those aged over 80 years. [29722]

Mr. McCartney

In August 2001 there were just over 2 million pensioners receiving the minimum income guarantee. This represents just under 17 per cent. of the total population of Great Britain who are aged over 60, further information is in the table.

Total MIG caseload and the proportion of pensioners aged over 60 who would be on MIG if the basic state pension was set at the singles level of MIG for a) those over 60 b) those over 75 and c) those over 80.

Total MIG caseload after up rating of BSP Remaining MIG caseload as a percentage of total 60+ population
a) over 60 1.1 9
b) over 75 1.5 12
c) over 80 1.65 14


Numbers of pensioners rounded to the nearest 50,000 and given in millions of pensioners. Per cent. given to nearest 1 per cent.

Mr. Gerrard

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Walthamstow are claiming the minimum income guarantee. [38470]

Maria Eagle

As at November 2001 there were 3,300 pensioners claiming the MIG in the Walthamstow constituency.

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