Council Tax Benefit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received council tax benefit in each Government office region in each year since 1996-97; and what the cost of the benefit was in each year.

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

The available information is in the following tables.

Council tax benefit recipients nationally and by Government office region, as at February each year
Great Britain North East North West Yorkshire and the Humber East Midlands West Midlands
1999 5,201,480 318,670 537,460 698,910 336,960 510,540
2000 4,878,290 304,270 700,080 447,530 318,330 484,110
2001 4,662,540 298,090 660,060 426,820 306,790 463,120
2002 4,589,800 291,320 646,330 421,440 292,460 461,460
2003 4,594,510 290,370 642,820 422,440 293,210 460,080
2004 4,684,000 289,400 646,610 429,360 303,180 462,070
2005 4,926,320 294,520 671,620 446,320 320,690 482,830
2006 5,015,060 293,630 682,970 455,290 329,980 487,490
2007 5,096,570 295,620 686,640 461,040 338,270 506,650
East London South East South West Wales Scotland
1999 377,140 701,280 483,810 363,240 276,340 597,130
2000 355,740 635,440 454,810 342,240 267,640 568,090
2001 338,450 610,080 433,700 324,240 263,780 537,410
2002 334,160 610,410 421,590 319,600 260,750 530,290
2003 336,580 625,430 422,860 317,880 256,400 526,450
2004 347,360 646,720 443,020 326,800 261,240 528,240
2005 367,320 704,370 475,080 346,530 272,020 545,030
2006 380,040 719,920 491,230 361,290 278,520 534,720
2007 390,900 728,470 504,020 368,810 282,240 533,920
Notes:

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

2. The figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

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

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

Source:

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. caseload stock-count taken in February 1999 to February 2007.

Council tax benefit expenditure in Great Britain
£ million
Cash terms Real terms (2008-09 prices)
1996-97 2,311 3,147
1997-98 2,395 3,169
1998-99 2,452 3,165
1999-2000 2,511 3,177
2000-01 2,575 3,211
2001-02 2,686 3,272
2002-03 2,834 3,347
2003-04 3,223 3,700
2004-05 3,557 3,973
2005-06 3,774 4,129
2006-07 (estimated) 3,944 4,195
Notes:

1. Figures to 2005-06 are audited out-turn from local authority subsidy claims.

2. Figures for 2006-07 are provisional.

3. Real terms figures are in 2008-09 prices, based on the Budget 2008 GDP deflator.

Source:

DWP Budget 2008 expenditure tables

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