§ Mrs. Clwyd
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people in England and Wales are paying their water rates via deduction from social security.
§ Mr. Burt
The information requested is in the tables. All assumptions used are as those in the published tax/benefit model tables. Each family is assumed to live in council property appropriate to its size and to pay estimated average rent and community charge.
It should be noted that the results in the tables cannot reflect, except by chance, the actual circumstances of particular people and cannot claim to be representative of the population at large. The tables use illustrative rents and do not, therefore, reflect the full range of housing costs which people may face.
water charges. This figure is based on statistics collected by the Benefits Agency's management information system at the end of February 1992. The figure is provisional and may be subject to amendment.