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Social Security Benefits

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate she has made of the number of households in England in which each member is in receipt of at least one of income support, council tax benefit, housing benefit, jobseeker's allowance, pension credit or income-related employment and support allowance. (305786)

Information on the receipt of income support, council tax benefit, housing benefit, jobseeker's allowance, and pension credit is not available on a person level basis because these are paid on a benefit unit basis.

The most recent estimate available is that there were 4,000,000 households in England where all of the benefit units were in receipt of at least one of income support, council tax benefit, housing benefit, jobseeker's allowance, or pension credit.

Source:

The Family Resources Survey 2007-08. This survey is known to under-record benefit receipt so the estimate presented here should be treated with caution.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the number of households in England in which all members are in receipt of at least one of working tax credit for those on incomes of less that £15,460 per annum including a disability element, disability living allowance, child tax credit for those with an income of less than £15,460 per annum, housing benefit including a disability premium, income support including a disability premium, council tax benefit including a disability premium, war disablement pension including a mobility supplement or constant attendance allowance or attendance allowance. (305788)