Figure 5.7: Beneficiaries of income-related benefits aged 60 and over, 1994/95 to 2011/12
Source: Department for Work and Pensions.
Pension Credit was introduced in October 2003. Before this, the main income-related benefits for people over 60 were income support and the Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG).
Numbers cannot be added together to produce totals, as many individuals receive more than one benefit.
Housing Benefit figures for 2007/08 and 2008/09 are estimated.
Financial year totals are calculated as the average of the monthly or quarterly totals published by DWP relating to that financial year.
Beneficiaries may include some people under 60 years old. Income-related benefits may be claimed as a couple. Where either partner of a couple is aged 60 or over, both partners have been included within the totals shown.