Council Tax Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Julia Goldsworthy Julia Goldsworthy Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) pensioners and (b) people of working age at each household income level are (i) in receipt of and (ii) eligible for council tax benefit.

Photo of Kitty Ussher Kitty Ussher Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

holding answer 6 March 2009

The table gives the available information on council tax benefit recipients and eligible population by household income bands, for 2006-07 in Great Britain.

Banded weekly household income (i) Recipients of council tax benefit (ii) Entitled population to council tax benefit
(a) Pensioners
Less than £100 a week 2 4
£100 but less than £200 36 38
£200 but less than £300 40 36
£300 but less than £400 16 15
£400 but less than £500 4 4
More than £500 2 4
Total 100 100
(b) Non Pensioners
Less than £100 a week 4 7
£100 but less than £200 33 26
£200 but less than £300 34 29
£300 but less than £400 16 17
£400 but less than £500 7 10
More than £500 6 10
Total 100 100

1. The data refer to household incomes. Note that a household income can be higher than the income of the family receiving council tax benefit, as a household can contain two or more families.

2. The figures are presented as proportions because point estimates of the entitled population are potentially misleading given the presence of sample bias.

3. Council tax benefit totals include second adult rebate cases.

4. Pensioner families are defined as where at least one person aged 60 or more.


Family Resources Survey Data 2006-07.

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