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Local Taxation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:00 pm on 4th July 2005.

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Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd Conservative, Ruislip - Northwood 4:00 pm, 4th July 2005

I should like to bring the Minister back to the take-up of council tax benefits, which he skirted over. The unsettling fact is that about a third of pensioners who are eligible for council tax benefit do not take it up, apparently owing to the complexity of the process. What will the Government do about that, apart from just stating an aspiration that take-up will increase?