To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department spent on out-of-work benefits, including council tax benefit and housing benefit paid to households claiming out-of-work benefits, in each (a) constituency and (b) local authority area in (i) 1997, (ii) 2005 and (iii) the latest year for which figures are available.
The available information has been placed in the Library.
Information for housing benefit and council tax benefit paid to people claiming out of work benefits, at parliamentary constituency and local authority level, is not available.
Benefit expenditure outturn and forecast information, including breakdowns by parliamentary constituency and local authority, is available at:
A copy of this information has been placed in the Library.
Figures for 2008-09 are in the process of being updated, and will shortly be published on the internet at the address above, and a copy placed in the Library.