To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process a claim for council tax benefit was in each year for which figures are available.
Average processing times are only available for new claims for council tax benefit. Figures are not available prior to April 2000. The available information is in the following table.
|April to June 2004||46|
|July to September 2004||47|
(30)2004–05 data is available for the first two quarters only.
1.The figures are rounded to the nearest whole day.
2.The figures are taken from April to March each year and are four quarter averages.
Housing Benefit Management Information System Quarterly Administration Returns April 2000 to September 2004.