§ Mr. Tony Clarke
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of pensioners with an income of(a) £200 to £210, (b) £211 to £220 and (c) £221 and above who are in receipt of council tax benefit and housing benefit in Northampton. 
§ Malcolm Wicks
The available information is in the table.
Pensioners with a weekly income of £200.01 or more receiving housing benefit and/or council tax benefit in the East Midlands Government Office Region by income band in May 2001 Weekly income Housing benefit recipients Council tax benefit recipients £200.01 to £210.00 6,000 8,000 £210.01 to £220.00 5,000 7,000 £220.01 and above 28,000 34,000
1. Information is not available for Northampton borough council area.
2. Figures are based on a 1 per cent. sample and are subject to a degree of sampling variation.
3. The data refer to households claiming housing benefit which may be a single person, a couple or a family. More than one benefit household can live in one property, for example two or more adults in a flat or house share arrangement.
4. Pensioners are defined as households where the benefit recipient or their partner is aged 60 or over.
5. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.
6. Figures for any non-responding authorities have been estimated.
7. The figures exclude any extended payment cases.
8. Council tax benefit figures exclude second adult rebates.
9. There will be a significant overlap between the figures as a number of people receive both housing benefit and council tax benefit.
10. Income figures are derived from those declared for the assessment of income-related benefits (including disregarded income) and net earnings from employment and self-employment.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Annual 1 per cent. sample, taken in May 2001.