HC Deb 26 April 2004 vol 420 cc854-5W
Mr. Webb

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what(a) number and (b) percentage of pensioners who were eligible non-recipients of (i) minimum income guarantee and (ii) council tax benefit as identified in the Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2001–02 research, were in receipt of (A) another means-tested benefit and (B) attendance allowance or disability living allowance. [166234]

Malcolm Wicks

The available information is tabled as follows.

Percentage of pensioner eligible non-recipients to minimum income

guarantee and council tax benefit in receipt of other benefits,


Proportion of eligible non-recipients

in receipt of

Pensioner eligible non-

recipients of

Other income-

realted benefits


allowance or

disability living


Minimum income guarantee 41 35
Council tax benefit 6 18
1. Results are based on the 2001–02 DWP Family Resources Survey. These may understate the true percentages since the 2001–02 Family Resources Survey understated the numbers in receipt of attendance allowance, disability living allowance and income-related benefits other than council tax benefit.
2. Estimates are based on an initial assessment of cases modelled as eligible non-recipients from the underlying microdata. Therefore, they do not take into account the possibility that a significant proportion of those appearing to be eligible non-recipients will not be true eligible non-recipients, and a significant proportion of true eligible non-recipients may not be identified. As a result, along with the effects of other data imperfections, the estimates should be interpreted with caution; and only percentage estimates can be provided.

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