HC Deb 24 February 1998 vol 307 c209W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the percentage take up for each benefit: and what would be the additional cost, by each benefit, if there were full take up. [28560]

Mr. Keith Bradley

Estimates of the percentage take-up and the additional cost of 100 per cent. take-up for each of the income related benefits in 1995–96 is set out in the table.

Information is not available for other benefits.

Benefit Take-up by expenditure (percentage) Take-up by caseload (percentage) Additional cost of 100 per cent. Take-up (£m)
Housing Benefit 93–96 89–94 410–760
Council Tax Benefit 76–84 74–82 370–620
Income Support 88–92 76–82 1,210–1,870
Family Credit 83 70 300


The single point estimates for Family Credit should not be regarded as any more accurate than the range estimates presented for other benefits. Ideally range estimates would be produced for Family Credit as well but this is not possible.