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Council Tax Benefits: Hampshire

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what council tax benefits were paid in each local authority in Hampshire in each year since 2000-01; what estimate she has made of the number of eligible people failing to claim such benefits in each local authority; and if she will make a statement. (156696)

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Estimates of the number eligible but not receiving council tax benefit are not available below the level of Great Britain. Estimates of the numbers eligible and not receiving council tax benefit in Great Britain can be found in the series ‘Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up’. Copies of the report are available in the Library.

The available information is in the following table.

Council tax benefit expenditure for Hampshire local authorities (in nominal terms)

£ million

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Basingstoke

3.1

3.2

3.8

4.6

5.1

5.5

6.0

East Hampshire

2.3

2.4

2.6

3.1

3.6

3.9

4.0

Eastleigh

2.7

2.7

2.9

3.5

3.9

4.2

4.4

Fareham

2.0

2.1

2.2

2.7

3.0

3.4

3.5

Gosport

2.3

2.4

2.6

3.1

3.5

3.8

4.1

Hart

1.1

1.2

1.3

1.6

1.9

2.1

2.3

Havant

4.3

4.5

4.8

5.7

6.6

7.1

7.4

New Forest

4.8

5.1

5.4

6.4

7.4

7.8

8.1

Rushmoor

1.9

2.0

2.1

2.8

3.1

3.5

3.7

Test Valley

2.2

2.3

2.6

3.2

3.7

4.0

4.3

Winchester

2.4

2.5

2.7

3.2

3.6

3.9

4.1

Total for Hampshire

29.2

30.3

32.9

40.0

45.4

49.2

52.0

Notes:

1. Figures are presented to the nearest 100,000.

2. Figures presented for years up to 2005-06 are audited, but may change in future if local authorities' accounts are amended after a decision or appeal. Figures for recent years are more likely to be amended than older data. 2006-07 figures are from initial final (pre-audited) subsidy claims, so are subject to change once audited data become available.

3. Local authority level information includes council tax benefit expenditure reimbursed by the DWP, that funded by local authorities, and expenditure relating to asylum seekers, which since 1999-2000 has been funded by the National Asylum Support Service (part of the home office).

4. Figures relate to what local authorities spend on claimants and include discretionary expenditure (mainly disregards of War Pensions), and overpayments except where benefit has been granted in advance (where the benefit is paid in the form of a rebate).

5. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

6. Figures up to 2005-06 are available at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/HBandCTB_expenditure.asp

Source:

Information sourced from Local Authority claims for Council Tax Benefit subsidy