By Nicole Hallett
THE Murcia Region had the third lowest average pension in June with €730.50.
This is €99.07 below the Spanish Social Security system’s average of €829.57.
Only Extremadura and Galicia regions had lower average pensions than Murcia with €704.31 and €696.14 respectively.
The Andalucia Region had the fourth lowest pension with €757.31, followed by the Balearics and Valencia with €758.39 and €762.17 respectively.
Seven Spanish regions, plus Ceuta, exceeded the average Spanish pension with Pais Vasco, Asturias and Madrid topping the list with €1,024.74, €984.78 and €981.51 respectively.
The number of pensions in the Murcia Region rose to 228,880 in June, which is 1.1 per cent more than the same month last year.
Pensions are divided into categories and each category receives a different amount.
Of the 228,880 pensions, 126,372 were for retired people, 59,638 for widows, 32,893 for people with permanent disabilities, 9,205 for orphans and 772 for families in special circumstances.
In the whole of Spain there were 8,902,683 pensions, which is 1.2 per cent more than June 2011.
Of these 5,314,791 were for retirees, 2,320,351 for widows, 944,794 for people with permanent disabilities, 284,522 for orphans and 38,325 for families in special circumstances.
In Spain, €7.3billion was paid out for pensions in June.
This is 4.3 per cent more than the same month last year, according to data from the Social Security and Employment Ministry.
Of this €5 million corresponds to payment to retirees, which is 4.8 per cent more than June 2011.
Widows saw €1.39 million, a 3.2 per cent increase, people with permanent disabilities saw €838.5million, a 2.7 per cent increase, orphans €104.4million, a 6.6 per cent increase, and families in special circumstances €18.6million, a 3.9 per cent rise.
The average pension for retirees was €945, 3.4 per cent more than June 2011, for widows it was €601.67, 2.6 per cent more, for people with permanent disabilities it was €887.50, two per cent more, for orphans €367.10, 2.2 per cent more, and for families in special circumstances it was €485.45, 2.8 per cent more.