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Housing Benefit

Volume 80: debated on Friday 14 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many people are now receiving housing benefit in the London borough of Lambeth giving separate certificated and standard benefits and rent rebate, rate rebate and housing allowance;(2) what payments have been made by his Department to Lambeth council for rate rebates in 1984-85 and since 1 April.

Firm figures on the number of people now receiving housing benefit are not available, but the

Number of residents
As at 31 MarchStatutory homesVoluntary homePrivate homesAll homes
AgedAgedAgedAged
65–7475+65–7475+65–7475+65–7475+
1979(3475)*85520202939NANA
19806142,985785121681,0468604,543
19816412,957695352661,4139764,905
19825843,085814642511,6039165,152
19835782,989834422892,0129505,443
19845403,021804583572,7519776,230
†19855202,992NANANANANANA
*Further breakdown not available.
†Provisional.
NA Not yet available.

London borough of Lambeth estimates that in 1985–86 the numbers receiving rent rebate, rent allowance and late rebates would be:

Rent rebate

Rent allowance

Rate rebate

Certificated18,00017,00038,000
Standard10,0008,00025,000

Lambeth was paid subsidy of £24·6 million by I his Department for rate rebates awarded in 1984–85 No payments of rate rebate subsidy have been made to Lambeth since 1 April since rate rebates are not payable under the housing benefits scheme when an authority has not set a rate