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Council Tax Benefit

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average time taken by (a) Warrington borough council and (b) councils in (i) the north-west and (ii) England is to determine an application for (A) council tax benefit and (B) planning permission. (142459)

[holding answer 12 June 2007]: The average time taken by Warrington borough council and councils in the north-west and England to determine an application for council tax benefit is set out in the following table:

Council tax benefit claims

Average days taken in 2006-071

Warrington

27

North-west

36

England

34

1 April to December 2006

Source:

Department for Works and Pensions

Information on the average time taken to determine planning permission is not collated centrally. However, the number of applications decided in 2006-071 is set out in the following table:

Planning permission

Percentage

Up to 8 weeks

Up to 13 weeks

More than 13 weeks

Warrington

91

98

2

North West

84

94

6

England

82

93

7

1 April to December 2006

Source:

Communities and Local Government