Asked by Baroness King of Bow

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pensioners have been in receipt of attendance allowance in (1) London, and (2) the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, in each year since 2001, broken down between (a) higher rate and (b) lower rate. [HL14516]

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    Lord Freud: The information requested is contained in the following tables.

Number of Attendance Allowance recipients by award type in London region: Time series
Month Total Higher Rate Lower Rate Nil Rate
 

  May-11

 

  140,060

 

  78,600

 

  61,460

 

  -

 

  May-10

 

  139,260

 

  76,680

 

  62,580

 

  -

 

  May-09

 

  135,830

 

  73,710

 

  62,120

 

  -

 

  May-08

 

  132,130

 

  70,460

 

  61,660

 

  -

 

  May-07

 

  128,880

 

  67,350

 

  61,530

 

  -

 

  May-06

 

  126,380

 

  64,960

 

  61,420

 

  -

 

  May-05

 

  123,070

 

  63,130

 

  59,930

 

  -

 

  May-04

 

  120,270

 

  61,020

 

  59,250

 

  -

 

  May-03

 

  115,260

 

  57,420

 

  57,840

 

  -

 

  May-02

 

  113,250

 

  54,730

 

  58,520

 

  -

 

  May-01

 

  112,800

 

  52,100

 

  60,600

 

  -

Number of Attendance Allowance recipients by award type in Tower Hamlets local authority: Time series
Month Total Higher Rate Lower Rate Nil Rate
 

  May-11

 

  3,470

 

  1,950

 

  1,520

 

  -

 

  May-10

 

  3,410

 

  1,900

 

  1,500

 

  -

 

  May-09

 

  3,320

 

  1,820

 

  1,490

 

  -

 

  May-08

 

  3,340

 

  1,810

 

  1,530

 

  -

 

  May-07

 

  3,310

 

  1,790

 

  1,520

 

  -

 

  May-06

 

  3,350

 

  1,770

 

  1,580

 

  -

 

  May-05

 

  3,330

 

  1,720

 

  1,610

 

  -

 

  May-04

 

  3,430

 

  1,760

 

  1,660

 

  -

 

  May-03

 

  3,320

 

  1,620

 

  1,700

 

  -

 

  May-02

 

  3,270

 

  1,500

 

  1,770

 

  -

 

  May-01

 

  3,300

 

  1,500

 

  1,900

 

  -

 Source: Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 100 per cent WPLS. DWP Information Directorate: Sample data (5 per cent).

 Notes:

 1. Figures for May 2001are taken from 5 per cent sample data. They have been uprated to be consistent with WPLS data and are rounded to the nearest 100. Figures from May 2002 onwards are taken from WPLS 100 per cent data and are rounded to the nearest 10. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

 2. " -" denotes nil or negligible.

 3. Figures show the number of people in receipt of an allowance and exclude people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital.

 4. These data are available on the department's tabulation tool at  http://83.244.183.180/100pc/tabtool.html

  Asked by   Baroness King of Bow

 

 To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the uptake of Attendance Allowance; and what steps they are taking to raise awareness of the benefit among pensioners.[HL14517]

    Lord Freud: Estimates of the take-up rate are not available for attendance allowance. The department goes to considerable lengths to publicise benefits. Information leaflets are widely available from the department's offices, and from citizens advice bureaux and other advice agencies. In addition, information and advice about disability benefits is provided by the Benefit Enquiry Line. For people with internet access,

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information about all benefits and how these may be claimed is available on the DWP website and direct.gov.uk

 

  Through increasing outreach activity we are developing closer working relationships with a range of partners such as local authority social services and welfare rights organisations who are able to advise people about disability benefits in a far more targeted and personal way than would be possible through any mass disability awareness campaigns.

  Asked by   Baroness King of Bow

 

 To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets have received the Winter Heating Allowance in each year since its introduction, broken down between those aged 60-80 years old and those aged over 80. [HL14518]

    Lord Freud: The table below shows the number of winter fuel payment recipients in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets since 1999-2000. We are unable to provide the number of recipients broken down by age prior to 2002-03.

Year All aged 60 to 79 All aged 80-plus All aged 60-plus
 

  1999-2000

 

  N/A

 

  N/A

 

  22,530

 

  2000-01

 

  N/A

 

  N/A

 

  23,110

 

  2001-02

 

  N/A

 

  N/A

 

  22,660

 

  2002-03

 

  18,500

 

  3,770

 

  22,270

 

  2003-04

 

  17,930

 

  3,810

 

  21,740

 

  2004-05

 

  17,240

 

  3,770

 

  21,010

 

  2005-06

 

  16,810

 

  3,870

 

  20,680

 

  2006-07

 

  16,520

 

  3,870

 

  20,390

 

  2007-08

 

  16,370

 

  3,930

 

  20,300

 

  2008-09

 

  16,220

 

  4,000

 

  20,220

 

  2009-10

 

  16,070

 

  4,070

 

  20,140

 

  2010-11*

 

  15,850

 

  4,220

 

  20,070

 Source: Information Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions.

 Notes:

 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 individuals.

 2. High-level summary statistics are available for the earlier years of the benefit, but reliable breakdowns by age and geographical area are available from 1999-2000 only.

 3. Local authorities are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.

 4. The latest figures for Winter Fuel Payments are published at  http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/index.php?page=wfp

 5. * From April 2010 the qualification age for the Winter Fuel Payment started increasing in line with state pension age for women.

 6. The additional payment for those aged 80 or over was introduced in 2002-2003.

  Asked by   Baroness King of Bow

 

 To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total value of winter heating allowance payments made in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in each year since its introduction.[HL14519]

    Lord Freud: The table below shows the total winter fuel payment expenditure in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets since 1999-2000.



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Year Winter Fuel Payment expenditure in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (£million)
 

  1999-2000

 

  3.9

 

  2000-01

 

  4.2

 

  2001-02

 

  3.9

 

  2002-03

 

  3.9

 

  2003-04

 

  4.1

 

  2004-05

 

  5.2

 

  2005-06

 

  5.7

 

  2006-07

 

  4.1

 

  2007-08

 

  4.1

 

  2008-09

 

  5.2

 

  2009-10

 

  5.1

 

  2010-11

 

  4.9

 Source: DWP Statistical and Accounting Data.

 The figures are expressed in millions of pounds, cash terms, and are rounded to the nearest £100,000.

 Notes:

 1. The figures are taken from the Department for Work and Pensions Benefit Expenditure Tables published on the internet at:  http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/la_expenditure.xls

 2. High-level summary statistics for expenditure are available for the earlier years of the benefit, but reliable breakdowns by geographical area are available from 1999-2000 only.

  Asked by   Baroness King of Bow

 

 To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pensioner households in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets have been in receipt of (1) the Guarantee Credit, and (2) the Savings Credit of Pension Credit, in each year since its introduction. [HL14520]

    Lord Freud: The information requested is in the table below:

Number of people in receipt of Pension Credit in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Year Guarantee Credit Savings Credit Both Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit Total in receipt
 

  Nov-03

 

  7,150

 

  330

 

  3,010

 

  10,490

 

  May-04

 

  7,150

 

  760

 

  3,190

 

  11,100

 

  May-05

 

  7,260

 

  940

 

  3,180

 

  11,380

 

  May-06

 

  7,240

 

  900

 

  3,100

 

  11,230

 

  May-07

 

  7,290

 

  870

 

  2,950

 

  11,120

 

  May-08

 

  7,470

 

  840

 

  2,680

 

  10,990

 

  May-09

 

  7,550

 

  870

 

  2,540

 

  10,960

 

  May-10

 

  7,600

 

  830

 

  2,470

 

  10,910

 

  May-11

 

  7,450

 

  830

 

  2,370

 

  10,650

 Source: DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent data.

 Notes:

 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

 2. Pension Credit was introduced on 6 October 2003.

 3. Pension Credit household recipients are those people who claim Pension Credit either for themselves or on behalf of themselves and a partner.



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 4. These data are available on the department's tabulation tool at  http://83.244.183.180/100pc/tabtool.html and https://www. nomisweb.co.uk/Default.asp

  Asked by   Baroness King of Bow

 

 To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate the Department of Energy and Climate Change has made of the number of pensioner households in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets who will be eligible under the Warm Homes Discount scheme; and what proportion of pensioners in the Borough that represents.[HL14521]

    The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Marland): Eligibility for the warm home core group discount is linked to the type of benefits received. This winter, older people will be eligible for a discount of £120 off their electricity bill if they were, on the qualifying date of 11 September 2011:

in receipt of the guarantee credit element of pension credit only; named on their electricity bill; andreceiving their electricity from a supplier participating in the scheme. 

  7,450 pensioners were in receipt of pension credit guarantee credit only in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in May 2011. We estimate that this is around 40 per cent of the pensioners in the borough.

 

  In addition to the core group, pensioner households may also benefit from assistance with their energy bills through the broader group and legacy spending elements of the warm home discount scheme.

 

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