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Housing Benefit: Essex

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of housing benefit in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Essex in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (254717)

[holding answer 9 February 2009]: Housing benefit information is not available at constituency level.

The most recent available information is in the table.

Number of recipients of housing benefit in Essex, 2003-07

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Great Britain

3,813,560

3,943,590

3,981,020

4,024,280

4,040,940

Essex

62,080

65,140

66,780

68,420

69,760

Notes:

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

2. The figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System. Quarterly 100 per cent. case load stock-count taken in August 2003 to August 2007.