Council Tax Reduction Schemes: Greater Manchester

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in (a) Denton and Reddish constituency, (b) Tameside Metropolitan Borough and (c) Stockport Metropolitan Borough are (i) entitled to and (ii) receiving council tax relief.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

The Department has published experimental statistics which show the number of claimants receiving council tax support in 2013-14. These statistics are produced using information provided by local authorities on the Revenue Budget returns. No figures are available for parliamentary constituencies.

Local authority Number of pensioners in receipt of council tax support Number of working age claimants in receipt of council tax support Total number of claimants in receipt of council tax support
Stockport 11,431 12,986 24,417
Tameside1
1 Tameside did not complete this section of their return so no figures are available for this area.

These statistics are also available on the Department's website via the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/257016/RA_2013-14_LCTS_Publication.xls

Spending on council tax benefit doubled under the last Government, costing taxpayers. £4 billion a year—equivalent to almost £180 a year per household. Welfare reform is vital to tackle the budget deficit left by the last Administration. Our reforms to localise council tax support now give councils stronger incentives to support local firms, cut fraud, promote local enterprise and get people into work. We are ending the last Administration's “something for nothing” culture and making work pay.

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