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Council Tax Benefits

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the monetary value of (a) claimed and (b) unclaimed council tax benefit by each client group in 2008-09. (321120)

The information is not available for the year requested.

Estimates of the value of claimed and unclaimed council tax benefit are provided in the National Statistics series ‘Income Related Benefits: Estimates of Take-Up’.

The latest available report provides information for 2007-08. A copy is available in the Library and online at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/irb.asp

The report provides the following information in relation to council tax benefit for Great Britain in 2007-08:

£ million

Family type

Total amount claimed

Total range unclaimed

Pensioners

2,010

Between 1,240 and 1,690

Couples with children

220

Between 70 and 130

Singles with children

700

Between 30 and 110

Non-pensioners without children

830

Between 180 and 320

Source:

National Statistics series ‘Income Related Benefits: Estimates of Take-Up’