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Housing Benefit: North East Region

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average level of housing benefit was for tenants of (a) local authorities, (b) registered social landlords and (c) private sector landlords in (i) North East and (ii) North Lincolnshire in each of the last five years. (179718)

The information is in the following table.

Average weekly amount of housing benefit by tenure type, in North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire, as at February each year

North East Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire

Local authority tenants

2003

38.99

37.74

2004

39.67

37.93

2005

41.39

39.64

2006

41.85

2007

44.00

Private sector tenants (excluding RSL)

2003

65.42

52.36

2004

56.37

52.55

2005

58.41

53.81

2006

65.72

53.29

2007

66.91

53.80

Registered social landlord (RSL) tenants

2003

58.65

63.94

2004

57.39

55.65

2005

54.55

58.90

2006

47.32

60.79

2007

51.04

63.60

‘—’ Denotes suppressed amount as case loads are below 10.

Notes:

1. The average amounts have been rounded to the nearest penny.

2. The data refer to benefit units which may be a single person or a couple.

3. Figures exclude extended payments.

4. NE Lincolnshire transferred its housing stock to an RSL on 21 March 2005.

Source:

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. taken in February 2003 to February 2007.