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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will estimate the annual cost of reducing the council tax benefit taper for those in paid work to (i) 15 per cent. and (ii) 10 per cent.; and how many people would be entitled to benefit in each of these cases. 
Mr. Roger Evans
The information is set out in the table.
|Estimated cost of reducing the council tax benefit taper for those in work|
|Taper||Net cost £ million||Council tax benefit caseload|
|20 per cent.||—||5,620,000|
|15 per cent.||40||5,675,000|
|10 per cent.||120||5,870,000|