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Pension Credit

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 33862, tabled on 15 July 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people entitled to pension credit are not claiming pension credit; and what estimate she has made of the annual cost to the public purse of that benefit.

Answered on

20 July 2021

The DWP publishes annual take-up statistics for income related benefits, including Pension Credit for Great Britain.

The latest estimates relating to the year 2018/19 can be found in the following publication: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2018-to-2019

The DWP publishes bi-annual benefit expenditure and caseload figures for its benefits, including Pension Credit for Great Britain.

The latest estimates published in March 2021 can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/969971/outturn-and-forecast-spring-statement-2021.xlsx

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