To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in (a) England and (b) London were affected by council tax benefit restrictions in each year since 1998; and what his estimate is of (i) the savings to the Exchequer in each year consequent upon these restrictions and (ii) the average cost to those households affected.
Council Tax Benefit restrictions were introduced on
The available information is in the following tables.
1. Figures are based on a 1 per cent. sample and are subject to a degree of sampling variation.
2. The data refer to households claiming Council Tax Benefit which may be a single person, a couple or a family. More than one household can live in one property, for example two or more adults in a flat or house share arrangement.
3. The totals include estimates for local authorities that have not responded. These estimates are based on historical and regional data. This type of estimate is standard practice in reporting totals where there have been non-respondents.
4. The figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand.
5. Totals exclude any Second Adult Rebate cases.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System, Annual 1 per cent. sample, taken in May 1999, 2000 and 2001.
|Year||Savings (£)||Averageweekly cost per household (£)||Savings (£)||Averageweekly cost per household (£)|
1. The Average costs refer to households claiming Council Tax Benefit which may be a single person, a couple or a family. More than one household can live in one property, for example two or more adults in a flat or house share arrangement.
2. Savings figures are rounded to the nearest £500,000.
3. Average restriction figures are rounded to nearest 25p.