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Housing Benefit

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time was for a new single claim for housing benefit/local housing allowance to be processed following the cancellation of a joint claim in the latest period for which figures are available; and in how many cases it took 30 days or more to process a claim in the latest period for which figures are available. (283625)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people receive (a) more and (b) less housing benefit as a consequence of the most recent review of housing benefit localities carried out by the Rent Service. (285355)

A review of all Broad Rental Market Areas (formerly localities) was started in England by rent officers following amendments to the Rent Officers Order in January 2009. The first eight reviews were implemented on 1 July 2009 and a further two will be implemented on 1 August 2009. Other reviews, where changes are necessary for the BRMA to comply with the order, will be implemented after consultation with the appropriate local authorities. We do not yet know how many people will receive more or less housing benefit as a consequence of these reviews.