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Council Tax Benefit

Volume 402: debated on Thursday 3 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much council tax benefit was paid in 2001–02 in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland; and if he will make a statement. [104761]

Council tax benefit helps people with low incomes to pay their council tax whether they are in or out of work.The information is in the table.

Council Tax Benefit Expenditure 2001–2002
£ million


  • 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 5 million.
  • 2. Figures have been compiled using 2001–2002 pre-audited subsidy claims from individual local authorities.
  • 3. The figures include estimates for local authorities that have not responded. These estimates are based on historical data. These types of estimates are standard practice in reporting totals where there have been non-respondents.
  • 4. Figures may be subject to revision by local authorities.
  • Source:

    Annual subsidy returns by local authorities to the Department for Work and Pensions.