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Social Security Benefits

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will commission research into rates of benefit take-up, broken down by (a) gender and (b) type of benefit; and if he will make a statement. (159072)

Estimates of the take-up of the main income-related benefits—pension credit, housing benefit, council tax benefit and income-based jobseeker’s allowance—are available in the DWP publication series entitled “Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up”. Copies of the latest publication, which describes patterns in take-up between 1997-98 and 2005-06, plus past reports, can be found in the Library.

Where sample sizes and data sources allow, take-up statistics are broken down to enable comparisons by gender. In practice, we can provide analysis by gender only for income support, pension credit and income-based jobseeker’s allowance. For council tax benefit and housing benefit, a gender breakdown of take-up rates is not possible.

Information on the take-up of other DWP administered benefits is not available.