HC Deb 21 January 2003 vol 398 cc262-3W
Mr. Frank Field

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will recalculate table 14 of the Pensioners' Incomes Series excluding all those with earnings. [90824]

Mr. McCartney

The information requested is in the table.

Components of mean gross income of pensioner units, excluding those with earnings, by quintile of the net income distribution, 1994–05
and 2000–01
Results based upon data from the FRS Incomes in £ per week, 2000–01 prices
Quintiles of the income distribution
Bottom fifth Next fifth Middle fifth Next fifth Top fifth Overall mean
2001–02 Means Pensioner couples
Gross income Of which: 157 211 267 360 634 302
Benefit income 134 161 173 168 156 158
Occupational pension 15 36 73 154 334 106
Investment income 8 14 19 37 141 37
Earnings * * * * * *
Other income * * 1 1 3 1
Single pensioners
Gross income Of which: 88 124 148 188 318 169
Benefit income 80 103 118 128 141 113
Occupational pension 4 15 22 45 119 39
Investment income 4 5 6 13 55 16
Earnings * * * * * *
Other income * 1 1 2 3 1


1. These figures show very little difference in the first four quintiles to those published in the Pensioners' Incomes Series, which include pensioner units with earnings. Gross and investment income for pensioners without earnings in quintile five and the overall mean are slightly lower than for those with earnings, and these pensioners also contribute a higher proportion of their gross income to benefits.

2. The estimates are from the Family Resources Survey 1994–05 and 2000–01, which is the latest year for which results are available. The survey covers Great Britain and does not include people living in residential care or nursing homes.

3. As with data from any survey, these estimates should not be treated as exact as they are subject to sampling error. In particular, great care should be taken when comparing groups with similar incomes, or looking at changes in income over a short time period, since random sampling fluctuations mean that estimates should be regarded as a broad indication of trends only.

4. Incomes are in £ per week and are at 2000–01 prices.

5. Estimates have been rounded to the nearest £1. Estimates of less than £0.50 are labelled '*'.

6. The distribution of income is based on net unequivalised income (unequivalised income refers to the actual cash amount directly received by pensioner units), and has been calculated separately for singles and couples, i.e. estimates for pensioner couples show income for each quintile of the pensioner couples' income distribution.

7. Single pensioners are defined as single (non-cohabiting) people over state pension age (65 and over for men, 60 and over for women). Pensioner couples are defined as couples (married or cohabiting) where the man is over state pension age.

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