Social Security Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 6th November 2008.

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Photo of John Barrett John Barrett Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) what his Department's latest estimate is of take-up rates for (a) carer's allowance, (b) pension credit, (c) housing benefit and (d) council tax benefit;

(2) how many pensioners his Department estimates are eligible for pension credit, broken down by constituency.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Pensions Reform) and Minister (Yorkshire and the Humber)

holding answer 6 November 2008

The latest estimates of take-up of means-tested benefits in Great Britain, covering income support, pension credit, housing benefit, council tax benefit and jobseeker's allowance (income-based) are published in the report "Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2006-07". Take-up rates are not available for carer's allowance.

Estimates of eligibility are not available below the level of Great Britain.

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