HC Deb 22 February 1999 vol 326 c170W
Mr. Field

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people have claimed housing benefit and council tax benefit extension period for each year since the introduction of the concession. [72189]

Angela Eagle

The information is in the table.

Housing benefit/council tax benefit extended payments
Housing benefit Council tax benefit
Total extended payment applications 110,000 100,000
Number of successful applications 87,000 85,000
Percentage of successful applications 82 83
1997–98 Provisional
Total extended payment applications 170,000 170,000
Number of successful applications 150,000 140,000
Percentage of successful applications 85 85


1. Figures have been rounded to two significant figures.

2. Figures refer to a benefit unit, which may be a single person or a couple.

3. 1997–98 figures are provisional. Final figures will be released in HB/CTB Quarterly Summary.

4. Statistics—May 1998, on 25 February 1999.


Quarterly Administrative returns April 1996 to March 1998.

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