Income related benefits: estimates of take-up in 2008-09

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Great Britain. Dept. for Work and Pensions. Information Directorate
Date of publication
1 June 2010
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This publication contains information on the take-up of the main income-related benefits in Great Britain for the financial year 2008-09: Income Support, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance (Income-Based) and Employment and Support Allowance (Income-Related). Figures for the financial year 2007-08 are re-presented in this publication alongside new figures.

Taking all six income-related benefits together, there was between £6,930 million and £12,700 million left unclaimed in 2008-09; this compared to £38,110 million that was claimed and represents take-up by expenditure of between about 75 per cent and 85 per cent.

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