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Workless Households

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the relationship between levels of worklessness and rent levels in (a) social rented housing and (b) temporary accommodation. (99731)

We have not made a formal assessment of the links between rents and worklessness.

We are, along with the Department for Communities and Local Government, involved in the assessment of the working future project that is led by the Greater London Authority; the East Thames Housing Group; and Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Newham local authorities. The working future project is testing the effect that reduced rents and increased access to employment services can have on the incentives for housing benefit claimants in temporary accommodation to find work.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of households of working age in (a) social housing and (b) temporary accommodation were estimated to be in work in each English region in each of the last five years. (99733)

Information on the proportion of households of working age in temporary accommodation that are estimated to be in work is not available.

The available information is in the following table.

Working age employment rates in social housing

Percentage

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

North East

44

42

41

42

40

North West

42

41

41

42

40

Yorkshire

48

45

46

46

45

East Midlands

47

47

44

48

51

West Midlands

48

45

44

47

45

East of England

58

57

56

35

38

London

44

43

44

43

43

South East

59

59

55

55

55

South West

55

56

54

53

54

Source:

Labour Force Survey individual datasets, four-quarterly averages.