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Housing Benefit

Volume 130: debated on Monday 28 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will estimate the changes in the weekly amount of housing benefit payable to a person with the following amounts of capital (a) £5,100, (b) £6,100, (c) £7,100, (d) £8,100, (e) £10,100, (f) £12,100 and (g) £15,100, as a result of the April changes.

With a capital holding of £5,100, changes in housing benefit entitlement will vary, depending upon how much interest is received at present, because that will affect entitlement under the current scheme. At £6,000, entitlement to benefit will cease altogether. Those with

(2) if he will give the breakdown of staff for the National Health Service, in whole-time equivalents, for Great Britain in the numbers of (a) medical and dental, (b) nursing and midwifery, (c) professional and technical, (d) works, (e) maintenance, (f) administration and clerical, (g) ambulance and (h) ancillary; and if he will also show the totals for the years 1979, 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1987.

The details as requested are shown in the table.capital above £6,000 may or may not qualify for housing benefit under the present scheme depending on the interest which they receive and on their other income.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish a table showing the numbers claiming housing benefit in each housing authority in England and Wales.

[holding answer 21 March 1988]: The information available is given in the table. The figures represent the estimated numbers of benefit recipients in each authority. The number of unsuccessful claims is not available.

Estimated numbers of housing benefit recipients in England and Wales1: 1987–88
AuthorityRecipients
Aberconwy6,456
Adur6,610
Allderdale11,160
Alnwick3,420
Alyn and Deeside9,100
Amber Valley11,404
Arfon8,325
Arun14,450
Ashfield10,929

Authority

Recipients

Ashford12,210
Aylesbury Vale8,651
Babergh7,927
Barking21,542
Barnet27,710
Barnsley31,336
Barrow in Furness10,260
Basildon18,360
Basingstoke8,700
Bassetlaw11,170
Bath10,494
Berwick-upon-Tweed3,282
Beverley8,572
Bexley17,020
Birmingham208,100
Blaby5,817
Blackburn21,314
Blackpool24,800
Blaenau Gwent11,268
Blyth Valley10,468
Bolsover9,619
Bolton34,293
Boothferry6,815
Boston7,050
Bournemouth28,000
Bracknell6,639
Bradford64,600
Braintree11,210
Breckland10,259
Brecknock3,446
Brent29,350
Brentwood4,910
Bridgnorth4,279
Brighton23,700
Bristol59,391
Broadland7,816
Bromley21,000
Bromsgrove10,135
Broxbourne6,040
Broxtowe10,700
Burnley10,435
Bury22,200
Calderdale22,342
Cambridge20,147
Camden27,945
Cannock Chase9,403
Canterbury14,513
Caradon5,976
Cardiff37,050
Carlisle11,430
Carmarthen4,328
Carrick9,288
Castle Morpeth4,298
Castle Point10.189
Ceredigion8,400
Charnwood12,124
Chelmsford12,221
Cheltenham8,952
Cherwell9,550
Chester13,780
Chester le Street6,603
Chesterfield13,750
Chichester7,100
Chiltern7,780
Chorley9,990
Christchurch4,889
City of London875
Cleethorpes7,374
Colchester20,380
Colwyn7,856
Congleton7,489
Copeland6,704
Corby7,254
Cotswold5,429
Coventry46,094
Craven5,250
Crawley6,991

Authority

Recipients

Crewe and Nantwich11,340
Croydon26,100
Cynon Valley8,947
Dacorum11,535
Darlington12,145
Dartford5,740
Daventry5,150
Delyn7,236
Derby32,500
Derwentside15,350
Dinefwr6,285
Doncaster45,561
Dover9,900
Dudley39,017
Durham11,616
Dwyfor2,928
Ealing28,298
Easington15,338
East Cambridgeshire5,067
East Devon14,127
East Hampshire5,608
East Hertfordshire6,663
East Lindsey13,452
East Northampton6,635
East Staffordshire9,810
East Yorkshire8,368
Eastbourne11,116
Eastleigh6,924
Eden2,635
Ellesmere Port8,264
Elmbridge6,448
Enfield28,599
Epping Forest9,184
Epsom and Ewell4,460
Erewash15,595
Exeter9,932
Fareham6,001
Fenland8,290
Forest Heath5,740
Forest of Dean9,120
Fylde6,603
Gateshead33,792
Gedling9,853
Gillingham9,912
Glanford6,628
Gloucester8,794
Glyndwr3,770
Gosport6,450
Gravesham9,377
Great Yarmouth12,469
Greenwich27,927
Grimsby12,929
Guildford8,750
Hackney39,100
Halton17,408
Hambleton5,384
Hammersmith22,341
Harborough4,827
Haringey33,213
Harlow10,499
Harrogate11,000
Harrow15,700
Hart2,770
Hartlepool14,824
Hastings11,330
Havant11,790
Havering23,200
Hereford5,447
Hertsmere7,550
High Peak7,473
Hillingdon20,300
Hinkley and Bosworth7,533
Holderness4,676
Horsham7,069
Hounslow22,353
Hove11,925
Huntingdon9,654

Authority

Recipients

Hyndburn8,817
Ipswich16,800
Isles of Scilly136
Islington34,600
Islwyn8,227
Kennet3,966
Kensington and Chelsea22,100
Kerrier11,515
Kettering10,100
Kingston-upon-Hull46,956
Kingston-upon-Thames12,291
Kingswood7,732
Kirklees48,000
Knowsley39,244
Lambeth59,289
Lancaster26,342
Langbaurgh23,200
Leeds99,649
Leicester47,150
Leominster3,592
Lewes9,600
Lewisham34,523
Lichfield7,615
Lincoln10,955
Liverpool98,800
Llanelli9,478
Lliw Valley7,739
Luton19,352
Macclesfield13,769
Maidstone8,843
Maldon4,326
Malvern Hills9,240
Manchester106,957
Mansfield12,749
Medina12,801
Meironnydd4,970
Melton4,095
Mendip10,150
Merthyr Tydfil9,144
Merton16,630
Mid Bedfordshire8,710
Mid Devon5,620
Mid Suffolk5,356
Mid Sussex6,117
Middlesbrough29,900
Milton Keynes15,402
Mole Valley4,514
Monmouth5,330
Montgomery3,980
Neath8,214
New Forest12,930
Newark9,710
Newbury7,271
Newcastle under Lyme14,770
Newcastle-upon-Tyne58,748
Newham34,785
Newport22,500
North Bedfordshire13,520
North Cornwall7,213
North Devon8,150
North Dorset3,640
North East Derby10,770
North Hertfordshire12,858
North Kesteven6,141
North Norfolk9,670
North Shropshire5,435
North Tyneside35,893
North Warwickshire6,314
North West Leicester7,374
North Wiltshire8,120
Northampton20,661
Northavon8,650
Norwich23,110
Nottingham50,500
Nuneaton14,185
Oadby and Wigston4,540
Ogwr14,622

Authority

Recipients

Oldham28,010
Oswestry3,270
Oxford27,200
Pendle12,700
Penwith10,040
Peterborough19,600
Plymouth27,570
Poole12,500
Port Talbot9,120
Portsmouth29,450
Preseli8,282
Preston16,831
Purbeck3,263
Radnor2,420
Reading15,300
Redbridge18,354
Redditch9,084
Reigate and Banstead7,900
Restormel10,215
Rhondda10,094
Rhuddlan8,659
Rhymney Valley14,638
Ribble Valley3,281
Richmond-upon-Thames13,584
Richmondshire3,176
Rochdale35,812
Rochester on Medway12,750
Rochford6,049
Rossendale10,005
Rother8,705
Rotherham32,900
Rugby10,302
Runnymede6,400
Rushcliffe7,860
Rushmoor5,890
Rutland1,933
Rydale9,000
Salford45,188
Salisbury6,208
Sandwell62,720
Scarborough10,698
Scunthorpe10,550
Sedgefield13,626
Sedgemoor10,046
Sefton41,200
Selby6,566
Sevenoaks6,065
Sheffield87,859
Shepway9,850
Shrewsbury and Atcham8,109
Slough9,430
Solihull24,420
South Bedfordshire8,894
South Bucks3,980
South Cambridgeshire7,080
South Derbyshire6,385
South Hams5,492
South Herefordshire3,610
South Holland7,791
South Kesteven11,820
South Lakeland8,699
South Norfolk9,560
South Northampton3,910
South Oxfordshire10,530
South Pembrokeshire4,355
South Ribble9,455
South Shropshire3,730
South Somerset13,770
South Staffordshire9,490
South Tyneside30,140
South Wight6,204
Southampton32,800
Southend on Sea20,718
Southwark37,800
Spelthorne6,800
St. Albans9,250
St. Edmundsbury6,548

Authority

Recipients

St. Helens27,676
Stafford10,917
Staffs. Moorlands8,202
Stevenage7,892
Stockport31,858
Stockton on Tees39,337
Stoke on Trent35,070
Stratford-on-Avon11,650
Stroud8,754
Suffolk Coastal7,850
Sunderland54,722
Surrey Heath7,630
Sutton14,568
Swale11,102
Swansea28,808
Taff-Ely11,162
Tameside37,745
Tamworth8,477
Tandridge4,521
Taunton Deane8,367
Teesdale2,366
Teignbridge9,130
Tendring18,090
Test Valley6,170
Tewkesbury6,500
Thamesdown21,400
Thanet16,739
The Wrekin19,043
Three Rivers6,449
Thurrock14,477
Tonbridge and Mailing6,429
Torbay18,550
Torfaen12,785
Torridge4,646
Tower Hamlets30,193
Trafford24,300
Tunbridge Wells6,056
Tynedale5,073
Uttlesford4,190
Vale of Glamorgan10,615
Vale of White Horse6,530
Vale Royal12,003
Wakefield45,197
Walsall40,314
Waltham Forest30,800
Wandsworth29,100
Wansbeck10,055
Wansdyke6,480
Warrington19,400
Warwick10,912
Watford6,893
Waveney16,700
Waverley8,244
Wealden13,405
Wear Valley9,575
Wellingborough7,240
Welwyn Hatfield10,485
West Derbyshire5,558
West Devon3,191
West Dorset6,232
West Lancashire15,065
West Lindsey6,514
West Norfolk13,280
West Oxfordshire5,700
West Somerset3,852
West Wiltshire8,265
Westminster25,700
Weymouth and Portland6,740
Wigan42,150
Wimborne5,825
Winchester6,518
Windsor and Maidenhead8,501
Wirral58,400
Woking8,441
Wokingham6,790
Wolverhampton44,690
Woodspring18,200

Authority

Recipients

Worcester9,601
Worthing11,859
Wrexham Maelor14,206
Wychavon7,991
Wycombe11,287
Wyre13,246
Wyre Forest9,776
Ynys Môn8,950
York11,933

1 Derived from local authority housing benefit subsidy estimates for 1987–88.