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Council Tax Benefit

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to raise the applicable amount of single person's income that is deemed eligible for council tax benefit. (68312)

We have already increased the applicable amount for all pensioners, whether single or couples.

This took place when pension credit was introduced in October 2003. From then we committed almost £0.5 billion a year to increasing the amounts on which council tax benefit (and housing benefit) are based. This meant that around 2 million pensioner households either became entitled to council tax benefit for the first time or qualified for more help.

We will continue to keep applicable amounts under review. They are subject to annual uprating.