HC Deb 23 May 2003 vol 406 cc58-9W
Mr. Hurst

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proposals he has to facilitate the payment of the pension credit through post offices; and if he will make a statement. [115398]

Malcolm Wicks

All customers who wish to continue to collect their benefit or pension in cash at the Post Office need to choose one of the account options that can be accessed at post offices.

The Department for Work and Pensions is providing customers with information, including letters and leaflets, which clearly sets out the account options as part of the move to payment direct into accounts. This information material sets out the key features of the various accounts and explains how people can access their money at the Post Office, if they wish to do so. Customers can choose the account which best suits their needs and circumstances.

These options will apply to new customers and benefits as well as to those customers in receipt of existing benefits.

Mr. Hurst

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number of persons eligible for the pension credit. [115399]

Maria Eagle

I refer my hon. Friend to the written answer given by the Minister for Pensions, my right hon. Friend the Member for Makerfield (Mr. McCartney) to the hon. Member for Bournemouth, East (Mr. Atkinson) on 1 April 2003,Official Report, columns 676–77W.