§ Mr. Alan Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his estimate of the cost of disregarding family credit in the calculation of(a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit in the next financial year. 189W
§ Mr. Roger Evans
The estimates are £230 million and £75 million respectively.
1. Based on data from the 1991–92–93 Family Expenditure Surveys, uprated to 1996–97 benefit and price levels.
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest £5 million.