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Council Tax Benefit

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received council tax benefit in each Government office region in each year since 1996-97; and what the cost of the benefit was in each year. (205446)

The available information is in the following tables.

Council tax benefit recipients nationally and by Government office region, as at February each year

Great Britain

North East

North West

Yorkshire and the Humber

East Midlands

West Midlands

1999

5,201,480

318,670

537,460

698,910

336,960

510,540

2000

4,878,290

304,270

700,080

447,530

318,330

484,110

2001

4,662,540

298,090

660,060

426,820

306,790

463,120

2002

4,589,800

291,320

646,330

421,440

292,460

461,460

2003

4,594,510

290,370

642,820

422,440

293,210

460,080

2004

4,684,000

289,400

646,610

429,360

303,180

462,070

2005

4,926,320

294,520

671,620

446,320

320,690

482,830

2006

5,015,060

293,630

682,970

455,290

329,980

487,490

2007

5,096,570

295,620

686,640

461,040

338,270

506,650

East

London

South East

South West

Wales

Scotland

1999

377,140

701,280

483,810

363,240

276,340

597,130

2000

355,740

635,440

454,810

342,240

267,640

568,090

2001

338,450

610,080

433,700

324,240

263,780

537,410

2002

334,160

610,410

421,590

319,600

260,750

530,290

2003

336,580

625,430

422,860

317,880

256,400

526,450

2004

347,360

646,720

443,020

326,800

261,240

528,240

2005

367,320

704,370

475,080

346,530

272,020

545,030

2006

380,040

719,920

491,230

361,290

278,520

534,720

2007

390,900

728,470

504,020

368,810

282,240

533,920

Notes:

1. The data refer to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.

2. The figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

3. Figures for any non-responding authorities have been estimated.

4. Council tax benefit totals exclude any second adult rebate cases.

Source:

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. caseload stock-count taken in February 1999 to February 2007.

Council tax benefit expenditure in Great Britain

£ million

Cash terms

Real terms (2008-09 prices)

1996-97

2,311

3,147

1997-98

2,395

3,169

1998-99

2,452

3,165

1999-2000

2,511

3,177

2000-01

2,575

3,211

2001-02

2,686

3,272

2002-03

2,834

3,347

2003-04

3,223

3,700

2004-05

3,557

3,973

2005-06

3,774

4,129

2006-07 (estimated)

3,944

4,195

Notes:

1. Figures to 2005-06 are audited out-turn from local authority subsidy claims.

2. Figures for 2006-07 are provisional.

3. Real terms figures are in 2008-09 prices, based on the Budget 2008 GDP deflator.

Source:

DWP Budget 2008 expenditure tables