Housing Benefit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Jim Cousins Jim Cousins Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people receiving housing benefit face benefit withdrawal rates of more than 40 per cent. against marginal income.

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

Half a million working age housing benefit recipients have marginal deduction rates in excess of 40 per cent. and 400,000 in receipt of pensioner income.

As my hon. Friend will be aware, tapers are part of the system in order to smooth the effects of moving into employment, and to concentrate support on those in greatest need.

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