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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average (a) council tax benefit and (b) housing benefit payment to pensioners was in the last period for which figures are available.
The average council tax benefit payment to claimants over 60 is £11.90 a week.
The average housing benefit payment to those claimants over 60 is £48.98 a week.
1. The figures are based on a one per cent. sample and subject to a degree of sampling variation. 2. Council tax benefit data excludes any second adult rebate cases. 3. Housing benefit data excludes extended payments. 4. The figures are rounded to the nearest penny. 5. The figures refer to cases where the claimant and/or partner are aged 60 or over.
Housing benefit and council tax benefit management information system, annual one per cent. sample, taken in May 2003.