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Social Security Benefits and State Retirement Pensions: Post Office Card Account

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 49174, tabled on 14 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of (a) benefits and (b) state pension who have not registered a bank account with her Department still receive payments through a Post Office card account.

Answered on

20 September 2021

As of August 2021 there were less than 350k active Post Office Card Accounts. This is down from 1 million in 2019.

The exact number of Post Office card account customers in receipt of a) benefit and b) State Pension is not available for a variety of reasons.

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