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Housing Benefit

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 10 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the number of households receiving (a) certificated and (b) standard housing benefit containing non-dependants in respect of whom deductions from housing benefit are made; and if he will estimate the proportion, in each case, who are subject to either the higher or lower rate of non-dependant deduction at the latest available date.

[holding answer 3 December 1987]: The estimated number of housing benefit recipients in Great Britain for which a deduction was made in respect of one or more non-dependants in autumn 1986 was as follows:

Certificated cases340
Standard cases370
The number of non-dependants in each category in certificated housing benefit households was as follows:

Higher rate deduction210
Lower rate deduction160
This total is higher than the corresponding figure quoted above because there is on average more than one non-dependant per household.Information on the number of non-dependants in each category in households receiving standard housing benefit is not available.