Council Tax

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of pensioner households paid (a) more than 5 per cent. (b) more than 10 per cent. and (c) more than 15 per cent. of their gross income in council tax in the most recent year for which figures are available.

Photo of James Plaskitt James Plaskitt Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

The proportion of pensioner households paying (a) more than 5 per cent. (b) more than 10 per cent. and (c) more than 15 per cent. of their household income in council tax for 2003–04, in Great Britain is presented in the following table:

Thresholds

Percentage of pensioner households with

spending on council tax bills as a proportion

of household income above thresholds

(a) 5 per cent. 47
(b) 10 per cent. 12
(c) 15 per cent. 3

Note:

Thresholds are calculated as quotients. The numerator 'council tax spent' is taken as the expenditure on council tax bill net of council tax benefit. The denominator is total household income net of council tax benefit.

Source:

Family Resources Survey (FRS), 2003–04

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