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Council Tax Benefits: Winchester

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many outstanding unprocessed (a) council tax benefit and (b) housing benefit claims there were in Winchester in each quarter of the last three years; and what the average number of days taken to process (i) council tax benefit and (ii) housing benefit applications was in Winchester in each quarter of the last three years. [258090]

The available information is in the following tables.

Total number of housing benefit and council tax benefit claims outstanding on the last day of the quarter in Winchester city council (ie claims where a decision on outcome is still to be made)

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2005-06

133

199

1

148

2006-07

181

149

95

109

2007-08

110

110

46

94

Average number of calendar days taken to process council tax benefit applications by Winchester city council

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2005-06

28

27

23

23

2006-07

20

19

17

14

2007-08

16

16

16

16

Average number of calendar days taken to process housing benefit applications by Winchester city council

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2005-06

28

26

24

23

2006-07

20

20

17

14

2007-08

17

16

17

17

1The information for the third quarter of 2005-06 was not available.

Notes:

1. Outstanding claims figures cannot be split between housing benefit and council tax benefit.

2. Housing benefit and council tax benefit claim processing times are measured in calendar days from the day a claim is received to the date a decision is made.

3. Claim processing performance data is supplied to DWP by local authorities and is un-audited.