Tabulation Tool
Pension Credit

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Caseload - number of beneficiaries (Thousands) help

Useful Resources and Sites
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"One-Click" GOR time seriesView ResourceTop of page
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"One click" Local Authority by gender: November 2005View ResourceTop of page
"One-Click" Age and gender: November 2005View ResourceTop of page
Northern Ireland Benefit StatisticsView ResourceTop of page
Pension Credit "Early Estimates"View ResourceTop of page
Differences between WPLS and 5% sample dataView ResourceTop of page
Guidance for usersView ResourceTop of page
Statistical SummaryView ResourceTop of page
Pension Credit Caseload Early EstimatesView ResourceTop of page
NOMIS - official labour market statisticsView ResourceTop of page
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Background Information
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In order to help pensioners on low incomes the Government introduced the Minimum Income Guarantee (in April 1999) to ensure that those on low incomes could receive a contribution to a minimum amount.

Pension Credit replaced the Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG) from October 2003. It is designed to ensure that help is still directed at pensioners at the lower end of the income scale and, in addition, to reward those people who have made modest provision for their retirement.

Pension Credit guarantees that no-one aged 60 and over need live on an income of less than a guaranteed amount of 109.45 a week, (167.05 a week for pensioner couples). These amounts are more if pensioners have caring responsibilities, are severely disabled or have housing costs. The guarantee credit works by topping up pensioners' weekly income to this level.

To be entitled to Pension Credit, the applicant must be 60 or over and living in Great Britain. In the case of a couple, either may claim if both aged 60 or over but only one partner can get Pension Credit at any one time.

The second element is the savings credit. Unlike the previous Income Support regime where pensioners saw no gain from having saved, the savings credit ensures a reward for savings. Pensioners aged 65 and over receive a cash reward for their second pension or savings income above the level of the savings credit threshold, which is 82.05 for a single pensioner and 131.20 for a couple.

Pensioners receive 60 pence for every pound of income between the savings credit threshold and the guarantee credit. This potentially gives single pensioners a maximum reward of 16.44 a week and 21.51 a week for couples. After this, the maximum reward is reduced by 40 pence for every pound of income above the guarantee level, so that pensioners, with a weekly income of less than 151, (221 for couples), benefit from a savings credit.

The savings credit is only applicable to people aged 65 or over. In the case of a couple if either of the couple is aged 65 or over the savings credit may be payable. Some people will be entitled to the guarantee credit, the savings credit or both.

Around 1.8 million MIG households were automatically transferred to Pension Credit. However, there are still a small number of MIG claimants, whose partner is aged 60 or over and could claim Pension Credit, but who in the majority choose not to do so.

Coverage: All cases in Great Britain. Please see http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/stats_and_research/benefit_publications.htm for information about benefits in Northern Ireland.

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Details on breakdowns
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Total weekly amount of benefit Total amount of weekly benefit in payment. Top of page
Caseload - number of beneficiaries (Thousands) This counts the number of claimants and the number of partners for whom Pension Credit is received on the administrative system at the reference date. These figures are shown in thousands, rounded to the nearest ten cases. So, 12,345 is shown as 12.35 thousand. Top of page
Caseload - number of claimants (Thousands) Number of clients on the administrative system at the reference date. These figures are shown in thousands, rounded to the nearest ten cases. So, 12,345 is shown as 12.35 thousand. Top of page
Average weekly amount of benefit Average amount of weekly benefit in payment. Top of page
Time Series These tables represent the situation at a specific point in time, called the reference date. Using "Time Series" in the row of the table gives statistics for all dates available. Top of page
Government Office region Government Office Regions are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode direcory. More information and map of Government office regions is available at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/geography/gor.asp Top of page
Local Authority of claimant Local Authorities are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory. More information and a map is available at : http://www.statistics.gov.uk/geography/counties_nonmet_ua.asp. Top of page
Parliamentary Constituency of claimant (Westminster) Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory. Boundaries are as at the reference date. More information and a map is available at : http://www.statistics.gov.uk/geography/westminster.asp Top of page
Partner flag Whether the claimant has a partner, as recorded on the administrative system. Top of page
Scottish Parliamentary Constituency of claimant Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory. Boundaries are as at the reference date. They are used within the Scottish Parliament, for Westminster boundaries please use the "Parliamentary Constituency of claimant (Westminster)" variable. Top of page
Gender of claimant Gender as recorded on the benefit system. Top of page
Age of claimant Age is calculated at the reference date. It is derived from the reference date and the client's date of birth. Top of page
County of claimant Counties are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory. More information and a map is available at : http://www.statistics.gov.uk/geography/counties_nonmet_ua.asp. Top of page
Duration of current claim The duration of the current claim for benefit. Top of page
Type of Pension Credit Type of Pension Credit in payment (Guarantee Credit and/or Savings Credit) Top of page


Information on using this Tool
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How to use the Tool

This tool allows you to produce bespoke tabulations to your requirement of the benefit or scheme in which you are interested. You can save the tables as a text file or an html which can then be opened in a spreadsheet program.

To define the structure of a table you are taken through a step-by-step process. This section describes what each step means, together with two examples.

STEP 1: CHOOSE AN ANALYSIS VARIABLE Choose the type of information you want displayed in the body of the table. Example choices are: caseload (i.e. number of people), average amount in payment or percentage of population.

STEP 2: CHOOSE A ROW VARIABLE From the list, choose the breakdown you would like to use for the rows of the table.

STEP 3: CHOOSE A COLUMN VARIABLE Choose from the list the breakdown you would like to use for the columns of the table.

STEP 4: CHOOSE A SUBSET OR A TIME SERIES Select either "Time Series" to choose the date you require information for, or choose the breakdown by which you want to subset the table.

STEP 5a: If you chose Time Series: CHOOSE A DATE A list of dates will appear for which your table is available. Clicking one of the dates will take you to the relevant table.

STEP 5b: If you chose to subset your data: CHOOSE A TIME SERIES The categories for the variable you chose to subset the data by will appear. Click on Time Series next to the catgory by which you want to subset your data.

STEP 6: CHOOSE A TIME SERIES A list of dates will appear for which your table is available. Clicking one of the dates will take you to the relevant table.

Throughout the process of defining your table, your choices are displayed at the top of the page.

Example 1 builds a time series table for statistical groups, restricted to male Income Support claimants. Example 2 gets data for Disability Living Allowance claimants, age and gender at May 2005.

Step Action
Example 1
Benefit/Scheme Income Support
Analysis Caseload (Thousands)
Row Time Series
Column Statistical Group
Subset or Time Series Gender
Category Male - click on Time Series
Example 2
Benefit/Scheme Disability Living Allowance
Analysis Caseload (Thousands)
Row Age
Column Gender
Subset or Time Series Time Series
Time Series May 2005

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