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Housing Benefit

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have (a) applied for and (b) received housing benefit in (i) North West Cambridgeshire, (ii) Cambridgeshire, (iii) Peterborough, (iv) Huntingdonshire and (v) England in each of the last five years. (291480)

The information is not available in the format requested; the available information is in the following tables.

Housing benefit recipients May 2005 to May 2007

May 2005

May 2006

May 2007

England

3,314,600

3,357,980

3,401,590

Cambridgeshire

24,310

24,930

25,560

Peterborough

11,340

11,480

11,940

Huntingdonshire district council

5,420

5,680

5,880

Notes:

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

2. Figures are 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. Figures for Cambridgeshire include Huntingdonshire district council; Cambridge city council; South Cambridgeshire district council; East Cambridgeshire district council; and Fenland district council.

Source:

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent caseload stock-count taken in May 2005 to May 2007.

Housing benefit recipients November 2008 to May 2009

November 2008

May 2009

England

3,538,690

3,738,890

Cambridgeshire

27,300

29,300

Peterborough

13,020

14,090

Huntingdonshire district council

6,450

7,030

Notes:

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

2. Figures are 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. The earliest available data for the Single Housing Benefit Extract are for November 2008.

6. Figures for Cambridgeshire include Huntingdonshire district council; Cambridge city council; South Cambridgeshire district council; East Cambridgeshire district council; and Fenland district council.

Source:

Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE) for November 2008 and May 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the cost to registered social landlords of the introduction of direct payment of local housing allowance in (a) 2009-10 and (b) each of the next five years. (291580)

Local housing allowance rules are not applied to registered social landlord cases. Therefore, direct payments will have no impact on this group.