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Mr. Byers: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the assumed percentage take up rate is for (a) working tax credit, (b) pension credit, (c) council tax benefit by (i) pensioners and (ii) all recipients, (d) housing benefit and (e) child tax credit in the public expenditure plans. 
Forecasts of housing benefit and council tax benefit expenditure are based on forecast changes in housing benefit case load and average awards. The case load forecasts are driven primarily by changes in the estimated recipient populations for other benefits to which entitlement to housing benefits is related. There are no direct assumptions made for changes in the take-up of housing benefits. If necessary, off-model case load adjustments are used to reflect the impact on take-up of future policy changes.
Mr. Timms: Officials are in the process of discussing with various representative organisations ways of implementing the new regime which will both minimise the impact and ensure that any additional compliance burden is as small as possible. These discussions will inform a consultation to be held later this year and we aim to report on this at the 2007 pre-Budget report.
Robert Neill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people aged 24 years of age or under were considered to be economically inactive in each London borough in each of the last 10 years. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about economic inactivity. (138907)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of inactivity for local areas from the annual local area Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.
Table 1, attached, shows the number of economically inactive persons aged 16 to 24, resident in the London boroughs, from the annual local area LFS for the 12-month periods ending in February from 1997 to 2004 and from the APS for the 12-month periods ending in March from 2005 to 2006. Table 2 shows these numbers expressed as a percentage of the resident population of the same age.
As these estimates are for a subset of the population in a small geographical area, they are based on small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty. Changes in the estimates over time should be treated with caution.
|Table 1: Economically inactive persons aged 16 to 24, London boroughs|
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|London borough||February 1997||February 1998||February 1999||February 2000||February 2001||February 2002||February 2003||February 2004||March 2005||March 2006|
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