To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many people of pensionable age in England and Wales were in receipt of housing benefit during 1987;(2) how many people of pensionable age in England and Wales were in receipt of housing benefit during 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1986.
Table A shows the number of pensioners in receipt of housing benefit in 1979, 1983, 1986 and 1987. Information for 1975 is not available, and from 1983 onwards information can be provided only for Great Britain. These figures refer to rate rebate only to avoid the risk of double-counting.Table B indicates the more detailed position of pensioners gaining or losing entitlement as a result of the April 1988 changes. These modelled figures encompass gains and losses in rate rebates, and in rate rebates or allowances.
|Numbers of pensioners receiving rate rebates1|
|1 The figures relate to rate rebates only to avoid the risk of double counting. They understate the numbers of recipients by the very small numbers getting rent allowance or rent rebate only.|
|2 Figure derived from the Department of the Environment, which had policy responsibility for housing benefit until 1982, and based on a small sample for England and Wales only. This figure excludes those who then received help with rates via supplementary benefit.|
|3 Source: DHSS statistical enquiries, Great Britain.|
|4 Source: Table 15.14 to the 1988 Public Expenditure White Paper, Great Britain.|
|5Estimate derived from DHSS model, based on the Family Expenditure Survey, related to expected caseload in the 1988–89 fiscal year and refers to tax units in which the head or spouse is aged 60 or above.|
|a.||(i)Gain from existing entitlement||970|
|(ii)Gain from new entitlement||20|
|b.||(i)Lose some housing benefit, retain entitlement||2,570|
|(ii)Lose all housing benefit entitlement||750|
|c.||Total on housing benefit after April 1988||3,560|
1. Figures relate to expected claimant caseload from April 1988, taking the effect of the Budget into account.
2. Figures denote tax-units, rather than households, in which the claimant or spouse is aged 60 or above.
3. These tables include in the gains and losses those losing, or gaining less than 50p per week.