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Pensioners: Leicester

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners live in the Leicester local authority area; how many are in receipt of council tax benefit; and what percentage this is of the total number of pensioners living in the local authority area. (125629)

The available information is in the following table.

Council tax benefit (CTB) recipients, Leicester local authority, August 2006

Number/Percentage

CTB recipients aged 60 and over

15,190

Population aged 60 and over

47,100

Percentage of population aged 60 and over claiming CTB

32.3

Notes:

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

2. Case loads have been rounded to the nearest 10 and percentages to 1 decimal place.

3. Council tax benefit figures exclude second adult rebate cases.

4. ‘Aged 60 and over’ is defined as benefit units where the claimant and/or partner are aged 60 and over. Therefore figures will contain some claimants aged under 60 where there is a partner aged over 60 years.

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

Sources:

1. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. case load stock-count taken in August 2006.

2. Office for National Statistics mid-2005 population estimates.