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.
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:
|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|
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.