The number of people claiming Pension Credit has increased by 64.5% in the past year the DWP says, despite heavy criticism and calls to do away with means-testing.
Statistics published by the Department for Work and Pensions reveal the non-disabled MIG/Pension Credit group increased by 461,000, while the state pension-only group decreased by 443,000 (6.1%).
Pension Credit replaced MIG in October 2003.
In May 2004, about 10.6 million people or 99.9% of those over the state pension age claimed at least one of the key DWP benefits - 99,000 more than a year earlier.
The total number of people over state pension age receiving one of the key DWP benefits increased by 287,000 between May 2000 and May 2004.
These figures form part of the 32nd edition of the annual Work and Pension Statistics, formerly known as Social Security Statistics.
Earlier this month, a pension report steered by Adair Turner warned if means-testing persists in its current guise, such testing by virtue of its indexing features will create increasing disincentive to save for retirement.IFAonline
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