§ Mr. O'Hara
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what percentage and number of pensioners are
Take-up of income related benefits by pensioner benefit units 1997–98 Income Support Housing Benefit Council Tax Benefit Total Average number of recipients (Thousand) 1,470 1,830 2,600 5,870 Numbers entitled but not receiving benefit (Thousand) 530 to 870 0 to 250 640 to 1,190 1,170 to 2,310 Percentage non take-up rate 27 to 37 0 to 12 20 to 31 17 to 28
- 1. Estimates are based on the 1997–98 Family Resources Survey.
- 2. Estimated numbers entitled to, but not receiving benefit have been rounded to the nearest 10,000 cases. The sum of the individual benefits) may not add up to the total due to rounding.
- 3. A pensioner benefit unit is defined as a single person aged 60 or over or a couple (not necessarily married) at least one 60 or over.
- 4. The estimates under "total" in the table refer to the total of Income Support, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit regarded as rough estimates only because they count recipients of more than one benefit more than once and count those e receiving more than one benefit more than once.