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Benefits: North East Region

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 6th June 2007.

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Photo of Ashok Kumar Ashok Kumar PPS (Rt Hon Hilary Benn, Secretary of State), Department for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) how many pensioners (a) in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, (b) on Teesside and (c) in the North East are entitled to claim housing benefit; what percentage of those eligible to make a claim do not do so; and what the value of unclaimed housing benefit was in each area in the last year for which figures are available;

(2) how many pensioners (a) in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, (b) on Teesside and (c) in the North East are entitled to claim council tax benefit; what percentage of pensioners in each area entitled to make a claim do so; and what the average value is of the unmade claims by pensioners in each area;

(3) how many people (a) in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, (b) on Teesside and (c) in the North East are entitled to claim council tax benefit; what percentage of people in each area entitled to make a claim do so; and what the average value is of the unmade claims in each area;

(4) what estimate she has made of the amount of unclaimed council tax benefit (a) in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, (b) on Teesside and (c) in the North East.

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

I have been asked to reply.

Information is not available below national level.

The latest estimates of the take-up of the main income-related benefits: 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 2004-05". Copies of the publication are available in the Library.

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