HC Deb 27 July 1998 vol 317 c71W
Mr. Dawson

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her answer of 23 June 1998,Official Report, column 493, if she will list the specific amounts she calculated for individual elements in computing the total amount of personal allowance for council tax relief. [52527]

Mr. Denham

The amount of Council Tax Benefit depends on the level of council tax liability, less the amount which the individual is expected to contribute. The rates of personal allowance for Council Tax Benefit are based on those for Income Support, which are intended to cover day to day living expenses. However, the Income Support rates are not set on the basis of a "basket of goods", and there are no separate amounts for specific items.