HC Deb 15 July 1985 vol 83 cc62-3W
Dr. McDonald

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will provide the latest available estimates of the total numbers of recipients of standard housing benefits, divided between rate assistance and rent assistance; how many in each category have income above and below the needs allowance; if he will give the current year and full year estimates of the expenditure saving due to the increase in the rate taper to 13 pence and estimate of the number of claimants who will be adversely affected by the taper increase without taking account of the increase in the child needs allowance; how many of these losers

Table 1. Estimated standard housing benefit caseload at November 1985 Thousands, Great Britain
Rate Rebate Recipients Rent Rebate or Allowance Recipients
Household Type Above Needs Allowance Below Needs Allowance Total Above Needs Allowance Below Needs Allowance Total
Pensioners 1,200 1,250 2,400 650 650 1,300
Working 150 200 350 150 100 250
Other 250 450 700 200 350 550
All 1,550 1,900 3,450 1,050 1,100 2,100

Note: Individual items do not necessarily add up to totals because of rounding.