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Release: Pension Trends, Chapter 5: State Pensions, 2013 edition

Released: 10 December 2013


David Knight

Pensions Analysis Unit

Telephone: +44 (0) 1633 456439

Categories: Economy, Personal Finances, Pensions, State pensions

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK

  • A larger proportion of men than of women receive the full Basic State Pension (BSP): in September 2012, 80% of male pensioners received full BSP compared with only 46% of female pensioners.


  • Average net income received from state pension has increased over the period from 2003 to 2013 at a faster rate than Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation. Average net income received from state pension increased by an estimated 14% for men and 23% for women in real terms over this period (This does not take into account any payments made to pensioners that were contracted out of the additional state pension).


  • Non-contributory (income-related) Pension Credit is made up of a means-tested guarantee credit element, designed to provide a minimum level of income for pensioners and a savings credit element. Single women are the largest group of pensioners receiving guarantee credit. There were 1.1 million single women recipients in February 2013.


  • Based on currently enacted policy and the proposal to introduce a single tier state pension system,  total public expenditure on state pensions, including Pension Credit and the Winter Fuel Payment, is projected to increase from £94 billion (6.0% of GDP) in 2012/13 to £438 billion (8.4% of GDP) in 2062/3. These estimates were produced prior to the Chancellor's 2013 Autumn Statement. Without the single tier pension the long term costs would have been even higher as a proportion of GDP (see OBR Fiscal Sustainability Report 2013).
Pension Trends provides a statistical backdrop for the debate on pensions. It looks at changes in pension provision over time in the context of social and economic developments and changes in the policy environment.

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