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Housing Benefit

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of (a) workless couples and (b) workless lone parents claiming housing benefit in the last period for which figures are available. (199253)

There were 430,000 workless couples and 670,000 workless lone parents in receipt of housing benefit. These represented 38 per cent. of workless couples and 78 per cent. of workless lone parents.

These estimates have been derived from information in the Family Resources Survey 2005-06.