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Summary for Pension Trends Chapter 5: State Pensions, 2013 Edition

Released: 10 December 2013 Download PDF

Percentages of pensioners receiving different proportions of Basic State Pension, September 2012

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Percentages of pensioners receiving different proportions of Basic State Pension, September 2012

Notes:

  1. Includes overseas cases.
  2. The data comes from DWP's Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS), 5% sample.
  3. Source: Department for Work and Pensions.

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The above information is taken from Pension Trends Chapter 5 – State Pensions. The figure shows that a larger proportion of women than of men received less than the full Basic State Pension (BSP) in September 2012. Only 46% of female pensioners received full BSP compared with 80% of male pensioners. 44% of female pensioners received more than half but less than the full amount of BSP, compared with 12% of male pensioners. Moreover, 10% of female pensioners received less than half of full BSP, compared with 7% of male pensioners. These proportions have changed little compared to the previous year.

Further analysis from Pension Trends Chapter 5 revealed that although 6.3 million women were receiving additional state pension in September 2012 compared with 4.6 million men, the mean amount received per week by women was £23 compared with £41 for men. Moreover, the median amount received per week by women was only £15, indicating that 50% of women received £15 or less per week in additional state pension.

Source: Work and Pensions

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