§ Mr. Burt
My reply to the hon. Member on 3 March 1993 shows the position at May 1990 which is the la test date for which the information requested is available.
Forecasting methods currently used by the Department for housing benefit and council tax benefit do not produce forecasts for specific types of taxpaying household. Forecasting methods are being developed which will enable forecasts of some broad grouping of households. It is anticipated that these developments will be available later this year.