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Rented Housing: Cambridgeshire

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of how much and what proportion of private rented accommodation in (a) Cambridge city council area, (b) the South Cambridgeshire district council area, (c) Cambridge constituency, (d) South Cambridgeshire constituency and (e) South East Cambridgeshire constituency are available at or below the median rent established by the Rent Service for the relevant broad rental market area. (204174)

The local housing allowance (LHA) is a median value calculated from a list of rents, for the number of bedrooms, collected from the private rented sector in a broad rental market area (BRMA). As the LHA is a median value, the middle value from the list of rents held in ascending order, it will always ensure that half of the properties in the BRMA will be affordable for housing benefit customers.

The Rent Service determines the median rents for each BRMA. We do not hold data that would show the proportion of the properties available at or below the median rent that lie within each local authority or constituency.