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Social Security Benefits and State Retirement Pensions

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 72480, tabled on 9 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will make an estimate of the number of people claiming (a) benefits and (b) state pensions who do not have a bank account.

Answered on

19 November 2021

Under successive governments of different persuasions, the Department has never held information on the reason that benefit claimants or pensioners do not provide details of a transactional account.

In October 2021, there were less than 300k active Post Office accounts.