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Housing Benefit: Council Tax Benefits

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit in each year since 1990-91. (121841)

The available information is in the following table.

Housing benefit (HB) and community charge benefit (CCB)/council tax benefit (CTB) recipients in Great Britain, as at August each year 1990 to 2006

HB

CCB/CTB

1990

3,900,000

6,652,000

1991

4,082,000

6,235,000

1992

4,338,000

6,653,000

1993

4,579,000

5,400,000

1994

4,667,000

5,552,000

1995

4,752,000

5,624,000

1996

4,761,000

5,596,000

1997

4,592,000

5,447,000

1998

4,425,000

5,281,000

1999

4,243,000

5,083,000

2000

3,968,000

4,756,000

2001

3,867,000

4,668,000

2002

3,799,000

4,590,000

2003

3,814,000

4,653,000

2004

3,944,000

4,893,000

2005

3,981,000

4,998,000

2006

4,024,000

5,088,000

Notes:

1. The data refer to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.

3. Figures for any non-responding authorities have been estimated.

4. HB figures exclude any extended payment cases.

5. CTB replaced CCB in 1993 when council tax was introduced.

6. CCB/CTB figures exclude any Second Adult Rebate cases.

Source:

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. caseload stock-count taken in August 1992 to August 2006. Social Security Statistics (SSS) 1993