Pensioners: Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry Conservative, Banbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) what the level of take-up was of housing benefit in pensioner households in each region of the UK in the last 12 months;

(2) what the level of take-up was of council tax benefit in pensioner households in each region of the UK in the last 12 months;

(3) what the level of take-up was of pension credit in each region of the UK in the last 12 months.

Photo of James Purnell James Purnell Minister of State (Pensions Reform), Department for Work and Pensions

Estimates of take-up are not available below the level of Great Britain. The latest estimates of the take-up of the main income-related benefits in Great Britain—income support, pension credit, housing benefit, council tax benefit and jobseeker's allowance (income-based)—can be found in the DWP report entitled "Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2004/2005". Copies of the publication are available in the Library.

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