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Housing Benefit

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of housing benefit claimants who are (a) private tenants, (b) housing association tenants and (c) local authority tenants receive housing benefit payments which equate to less than 100 per cent. of their rent. (73460)

The most recent available information is in the table.

Percentage of housing benefit claimants whose benefit entitlement is less than their eligible rent, by tenure: Great Britain, May 2004

Percentage

Private tenants

23.3

Registered social landlord tenants

21.2

Local authority tenants

21.6

Notes: 1. Percentages are rounded to one decimal place. 2. Figures exclude any housing benefit extended-payment cases. 3. The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple. 4. Registered social landlords include housing associations (Housing Act 1996, section 2(1)). 5. A claimant’s eligible rent may be less than their contractual rent. Source: Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System, annual 1 per cent. sample, taken in May 2004.