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Housing Benefit: Standards

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process a housing benefit application was in each year since 2002-03. (200450)

The available information is in the following table:

Average days to process housing benefit and council tax benefit claims

Number

2002-03

55

2003-04

50

2004-05

45

2005-06

37

2006-07

33

2007-081

28

1 April to September 2007. Source: Local Authority Management Information provided to DWP.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process a housing benefit application in the worst performing 15 per cent. of local authorities was as at March 2008. (200461)