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Benefits

Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of (a) means-tested benefit paid to pensioners and (b) council tax relief and housing benefit paid to pensioners in 2001–02. [99151]

The information requested is shown in the table:

Estimated costs of means tested benefits for pensioners 2001–02(£s millions cash)
BenefitExpenditure
Minimum Income Guarantee4,486
Housing Benefit4,225
Council Tax Benefit1,320
Total Means tested benefit10,031