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Housing Benefit

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit claimants there were in each year since 1997. (295094)

The available information is in the following tables.

Number of housing benefit recipients in Great Britain : May 1997 to May 2007

Number

1997

4,639,350

1998

4,474,700

1999

4,313,100

2000

4,033,300

2001

3,874,400

2002

3,812,630

2003

3,796,420

2004

3,879,420

2005

3,956,820

2006

3,990,030

2007

4,031,810

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.

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

4. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases

Source:

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. taken in May 1997 to May 2007

Number of housing benefit recipients in Great Britain November 2008 and May 2009

Number

2008

4,168,610

2009

4,403,980

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.

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

4. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases.

Source:

Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE) for November 2008 and May 2009 taken from Table 2 of publication at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/hb_ctb/HBCTB19082009.xls