HC Deb 27 February 2004 vol 418 cc605-6W
Chris Ruane

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners are claiming pension credit in(a) Vale of Clwyd constituency and (b) each ward in the County of Denbighshire; how many pensioners he estimates are entitled to claim pension credit but have not done so in each case; and what the average amount claimed by pensioners in the Vale of Clwyd is. [156042]

Malcolm Wicks

The information is not available in the form requested. Numbers of Pension Credit recipients and average levels of award for(a) the Vale of Clwyd and (b) Denbighshire are given in the table. Numbers of recipients are not currently available at ward level. Estimates of the number of eligible households are not available at constituency, local authority area or ward level. However, we estimate that there are approximately 250,000 pensioner households in Wales likely to be eligible for Pension Credit.

Pension Credit recipients in Vale of Clwyd and Denbighshire, 31 January 2004
Households Individuals Average weekly award per household (£)
Vale of Clwyd 3,965 4,900 44.96
Parliamentary constituency
Denbighshire 4,810 5,920 44.66
1. Numbers of recipients have been rounded to the nearest five.
2. Average weekly awards have been rounded to the nearest penny.
3. Numbers of recipients exclude small numbers of clerical cases. At 31 January there were approximately 400 such cases in Wales.
4. Average weekly awards refer to the amount received by households, which may be a single person or a couple.