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Housing Benefit: Greater London

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit claims were made by residents in each London local authority in 2007-08; and how many of these were made in respect of (a) private sector tenancies, (b) social rented tenancies, (c) in-work claims by private tenants and (d) in-work claims by social tenants. (284714)

The information is not available in the format requested. The available information is in the following table.

Number of housing benefit claimants by tenure: Great Britain, London local authorities, August 2007

Housing benefit claimants

Housing benefit claimants with private tenancies

Housing benefit claimants with social rented tenancies

Great Britain

4,040,940

940,600

3,100,350

London

698,340

155,340

543,010

Barking

18,410

3,530

14,880

Barnet

21,780

8,830

12,950

Bexley

11,620

2,780

8,850

Brent

28,230

8,210

20,020

Bromley

15,860

3,880

11,980

Camden

27,990

4,090

23,900

City of London

1,170

70

1,100

Croydon

26,690

10,510

16,190

Ealing

24,610

7,000

17,610

Enfield

25,090

9,650

15,450

Greenwich

25,310

3,750

21,560

Hackney

35,010

5,460

29,540

Hammersmith and Fulham

20,380

3,190

17,190

Haringey

30,980

8,070

22,920

Harrow

12,490

3,650

8,840

Havering

11,160

2,530

8,630

Hillingdon

15,970

4,280

11,690

Hounslow

17,070

3,830

13,240

Islington

28,840

2,210

26,630

Kensington and Chelsea

16,060

2,700

13,360

Kingston upon Thames

7,250

2,010

5,230

Lambeth

35,070

5,230

29,840

Lewisham

29,100

6,050

23,050

Merton

10,570

2,470

8,100

Newham

33,520

9,440

24,080

Redbridge

14,630

5,690

8,940

Richmond upon Thames

8,080

1,900

6,170

Southwark

34,560

3,180

31,380

Sutton

9,740

2,600

7,140

Tower Hamlets

32,040

2,530

29,510

Waltham Forest

22,140

6,090

16,050

Wandsworth

23,200

5,430

17,770

Westminster

23,730

4,510

19,220

Notes:

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

2. Housing benefit figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

3. Figures for any non-responding authorities have been estimated.

4. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases.

5. From February 2007, DWP has been collecting more detailed HB/CTB data electronically from local authorities. Over time this will improve the accuracy, timeliness and level of detail available in the published statistics. However, until the new data have been fully quality assured to National Statistics standards, the most recent summary statistics available are for August 2007.

Source:

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average housing benefit payment was in each London local authority area in respect of (a) private and (b) social rented accommodation in 2007-08. (284715)

The available information is in the following table.

Average weekly amount of housing benefit by tenure: Great Britain, London local authorities, August 2007

£

Average amount of weekly housing benefit for:

Private tenancies

Social rented tenancies

Great Britain

89.87

65.84

London

146.39

98.50

Barking

139.46

80.93

Barnet

156.51

101.78

Bexley

126.23

87.71

Brent

156.49

118.91

Bromley

130.08

86.42

Camden

156.82

100.86

City of London

135.93

83.43

Croydon

137.64

86.59

Ealing

151.34

110.77

Enfield

144.75

113.53

Greenwich

125.21

78.15

Hackney

151.74

90.88

Hammersmith and Fulham

156.85

97.79

Haringey

131.86

121.78

Harrow

163.10

109.31

Havering

114.10

71.75

Hillingdon

140.75

108.43

Hounslow

139.06

86.48

Islington

141.71

90.18

Kensington and Chelsea

196.59

109.51

Kingston upon Thames

144.90

99.91

Lambeth

122.30

91.09

Lewisham

158.32

81.54

Merton

153.14

78.64

Newham

137.18

132.60

Redbridge

140.82

132.35

Richmond upon Thames

149.38

88.76

Southwark

127.50

80.78

Sutton

133.38

77.90

Tower Hamlets

161.49

97.04

Waltham Forest

115.44

91.93

Wandsworth

192.46

97.76

Westminster

197.87

135.70

Notes:

1. Figures for any non-responding authorities have been estimated.

2. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases.

3. Average amounts are rounded to the nearest penny.

4. From February 2007, DWP has been collecting more detailed HB/CTB data electronically from local authorities. Over time this will improve the accuracy, timeliness and level of detail available in the published statistics. However, until the new data have been fully quality assured to National Statistics standards, the most recent summary statistics available are for August 2007.

Source:

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