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Council Tax Benefit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 27th October 2005.

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Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners are (a) eligible for council tax benefit and (b) in receipt of council tax benefit in (i) Basingstoke, (ii) Hampshire and (iii) England.

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

Information on the take up of council tax benefit is not available below national level. The latest available information is in "Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take Up in 2002/2003", a copy of which is in the Library.

Information on council tax benefit recipients is not available by Parliamentary constituency. The available information on those pensioners in receipt of council tax benefit is in the table.

Council tax benefit caseloads for claimants aged 60 and over: February 2005
Number
England 2,050,500
Hampshire 34,700
Basingstoke and Deane borough council 3,800

Notes:

1. The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.

2. Figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred.

3. Figures for any non-responding authorities have been estimated.

4. Council tax benefit totals exclude any second adult rebate cases.

5. Figures refer to cases where the claimant and/or partner is aged 60 or over.

Source:

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System

Quarterly 100 per cent. caseload stock-count taken in February 2005.

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