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There are more people in receipt of Council Tax Benefit (CTB) than for any other form of means tested UK benefit. Only the state pension and universal benefits have more recipients. In 2011 the number of people claiming CTB totalled 5.88 million compared with 4.95 million claiming Housing Benefit. There are a total of 5.8 million people of working age claiming benefits. The number of people of working age claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Incapacity Benefit (IB) is 2.58 million. There are 595,000 lone parents claiming Income Support (IS) and 2.66 million claimants of Pension Credit; when partners are included the number Claiming Pension Credit rises to 3.25 million. Unlike the other forms of financial assistance which are provided to help people the need for CTB is a consequence of the regressiveness of council tax, and there would be no need for it if there were a fairer form of taxation which is progressive and affordable, such as tax based on earnings. Although CTB has millions of claimants its purpose is not to help its recipients but instead it was introduced for the purpose of enabling the tax to function.












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