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Rent: Social Security Benefits

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what amount of rent benefits was paid in each local authority in Hampshire in each year since 2000-01; what estimate she has made of the number of eligible people not claiming such benefits in each local authority; and if she will make a statement. (162419)

I have been asked to reply

Estimates of eligible people not claiming housing benefit are not available below Great Britain level.

Estimates for Great Britain are published in the “Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up” series. The latest date for which figures are available relate to 2005-06. Copies are available in the Library.

Information regarding the total amount of housing benefit paid in each local authority in Hampshire since 2000-01 is in the following table.

Total housing benefit paid in each local authority in Hampshire since 2000-01

£ million

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Basingstoke

18.8

19.5

23.1

22.2

23.8

25.8

28.1

East Hampshire

11.5

11.9

12.6

12.7

13.7

14.6

15.3

Eastleigh

13.4

13.7

14.4

14.6

15.8

17.0

19.6

Fareham

7.9

8.1

9.3

8.6

9.1

10.0

10.8

Gosport

11.9

12.1

12.9

12.9

13.8

15.1

16.1

Hart

5.3

5.5

6.2

6.4

6.7

7.5

8.3

Havant

13.7

14.3

15.5

14.9

16.2

18.0

19.5

New Forest

20.5

21.4

23.3

22.8

24.5

25.9

27.3

Rushmoor

11.3

11.5

12.5

13.2

14.6

16.4

17.7

Test Valley

10.7

11.9

13.6

12.6

14.1

15.2

16.7

Winchester

12.2

12.7

14.6

13.4

14.0

15.1

16.3

Portsmouth

51

50.9

56

54.1

58.1

62.4

68.8

Southampton

50.4

51.3

54.5

55.5

56.6

60.4

65.1

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest £100,000.

2. Figures prior to 2006-07 are audited, but may change in future if local authorities audited accounts are amended after a decision or appeal. Figures for recent years are more likely to be amended than older data.

3. 2006-07 figures are initial final (pre-audited) and are subject to change.

4. Figures relate to what local authorities spend on claimants and include discretionary expenditure (mainly disregards of war pensions), and overpayments except where benefit has been granted in advance (where the benefit is paid in the form of a rebate).

5. From 1999-2000 onwards, housing and council tax benefit expenditure on asylum seekers was funded by the National Asylum Support Service, and is therefore excluded from the figures presented in GB level DWP benefit expenditure tables. However, local authority level information includes all expenditure on these benefits relating to asylum seekers, as it is not possible to isolate at this level that part which applies to asylum seekers.

6. Years up to 2005-06 are available at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/HBandCTB_expenditure.asp

Source:

Information sourced from local authority claims for housing revenue account subsidy and housing benefit and council tax benefit subsidy.