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Housing Benefit

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit recipients there were in the North East Government office region in the last three years, broken down by (a) tenure type and (b) average weekly amount of benefit; and how many private tenants in receipt of housing benefit received less than their weekly eligible rent (i) because of single room rent, (ii) because of local reference rent restrictions and (iii) for other reasons in the same period. (93946)

The available information is in the following tables:

Housing benefit (HB) recipients by tenure type and average weekly amounts of HB: North East GOR, at May each year

Tenure

Case load

Average weekly amount (£)

2002

All HB recipients

238,000

43.89

Social tenants

200,000

41.59

Of which:

are local authority tenants

142,000

39.03

are RSL tenants

58,000

47.84

Private tenants

38,000

56.09

2003

All HB recipients

234,000

45.03

Social tenants

197,000

42.97

Of which:

are local authority tenants

130,000

40.26

are RSL tenants

67,000

48.26

Private tenants

38,000

55.72

2004

All HB recipients

231,000

47.41

Social tenants

194,000

45.37

Of which:

are local authority tenants

122,000

42.43

are RSL tenants

71,000

50.42

Private tenants

38,000

57.84

Notes: 1. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest thousand and amounts to the nearest penny. Totals may not sum due to rounding. 2. HB figures exclude any extended payment cases. 3. The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple. 4. Private tenants exclude registered social landlords (RSL). 5. Weekly eligible rent is before any non-dependant deductions. Source: Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System, Annual 1 per cent. sample, taken in May 2002 to May 2004.

Housing benefit (HB) private tenants whose weekly amount of HB is less than their weekly eligible rent by whether they are subject to the local reference rent (LRR) scheme, the single room rent (SRR) scheme or neither: North East GOR, at May each year

HB private tenants

Of which: have weekly amount of HB less than their weekly eligible rent

2002

All

38,000

7,000

LRR

25,000

5,000

SRR

11,000

2

Neither

12,000

12,000

2003

All

38,000

6,000

LRR

28,000

3,000

SRR

11,000

2

Neither

9,000

12,000

2004

All

38,000

7,500

LRR

30,000

5,000

SRR

2—-

2

Neither

8,000

12,000

1 Figures under 2,500, are subject to a high degree of sampling variation and should be used only as a guide to the situation. 2 "—" denotes nil/negligible. Notes:

1. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest thousand. Totals may not sum due to rounding. 2. HB figures exclude any Extended Payment cases. 3. The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple. 4. Private tenants exclude Registered Social Landlords. 5. Weekly eligible rent is after any non-dependant deductions. Source: Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System, Annual 1 per cent sample, taken in May 2002 to May 2004.