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Council Tax Benefits: Pensioners

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the take-up rate of council tax benefit amongst pensioners was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available. (158181)

Estimates of take-up for 1996-97 can be found in “Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-up in 1997-98”. Estimates of take-up in 2005-06, the most recent year for which figures are available, can be found in “Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-up in 2005-06”. Copies of these reports are available in the Library.

Methodological changes introduced since 1997-98 were not applied to estimates for 1996-97, so any changes over time should be treated with caution.