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Social Security Benefits: Publicity

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much money her Department (a) spent in each year since 2005 and (b) expects to spend in each of the next three years to raise public awareness of benefit entitlements. (303400)

We want everyone to claim all the help they are entitled to but primarily we want people of working age to work rather than claim benefits so our focus is on promotion of in-work benefits. For pension age customers, we promote pension credit and associated benefits such as council tax benefit, housing benefit and winter fuel payments.

The breakdown for direct expenditure on these issues is as follows:

£

Pension age benefits

Working age benefits

Breakdown

2005-06

3,073,000

Pension credit

910,000

Council tax benefit

743,000

Winter fuel allowance

1,420,000

2006-07

2,509,000

Pension credit

2,040,000

Winter fuel allowance

469,000

2007-08

2,030,000

12,000

Local housing allowance

12,000

Pension credit

1,437,000

Council tax benefit

277,000

Winter fuel allowance

316,000

2008-09

1,154,000

Pension credit

786,000

Council tax benefit

84,000

Winter fuel allowance

284,000

2009-10

1,381,000

175,000

Housing/council tax as in-work benefits and overall working age strategy development

175,000

Pension credit

1,107,000

Council tax benefit

50,000

Winter fuel allowance

224,000

Anticipated level of expenditure for 2010-11 is £175,000 on working age benefits and £1,226,000 on pension age benefits.

Budgets are not set as yet for 2011-12 and 2012-13.