Cost Of Housing Benefit scheme

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    peterdelamothe
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    In a debate in Parliament it was stated the cost of Housing Benefit is expected to hit £15.1 billion this year – second only to the cost of retirement pensions in the welfare state.

    14 Mar 2007 : Column 371W

    Mr. Plaskitt: The available information is in the following table.

    Housing benefit (HB) and community charge benefit (CCB)/council tax benefit (CTB) recipients in Great Britain, as at August each year 1990 to 2006
    HB CCB/CTB
    1990
    3,900,000
    6,652,000

    1991
    4,082,000
    6,235,000

    1992
    4,338,000
    6,653,000

    1993
    4,579,000
    5,400,000

    1994
    4,667,000
    5,552,000

    1995
    4,752,000
    5,624,000

    1996
    4,761,000
    5,596,000

    1997
    4,592,000
    5,447,000

    1998
    4,425,000
    5,281,000

    1999
    4,243,000
    5,083,000

    2000
    3,968,000
    4,756,000

    2001
    3,867,000
    4,668,000

    2002
    3,799,000
    4,590,000

    2003
    3,814,000
    4,653,000

    2004
    3,944,000
    4,893,000

    2005
    3,981,000
    4,998,000

    2006
    4,024,000
    5,088,000

    Notes:
    1. The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.
    2. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.
    3. Figures for any non-responding authorities have been estimated.
    4. HB figures exclude any extended payment cases.
    5. CTB replaced CCB in 1993 when council tax was introduced.
    6. CCB/CTB figures 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 August 1992 to August 2006. Social Security Statistics (SSS) 1993

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