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Housing Benefit

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 2 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in each tenure group were in receipt of (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit in May (i) 2001, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2009; and what the annualised cost was of each benefit at those dates. (303388)

Information on council tax benefit is not available broken down by tenure type. The available information is in the following tables.

Number of housing benefit and council tax benefit recipients in Great Britain by tenure: May 2001 and May 2005

Housing benefit (HB)

Council tax benefit

Total HB

Social rented

Private rented

Other

All council tax benefit

2001

3,874,400

3,131,140

743,260

4,673,370

2005

3,956,820

3,165,890

790,930

4,959,690

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 ten. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

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

4. Housing Benefit figures exclude any Extended Payment cases.

5. Council Tax Benefit figures exclude Second Adult Rebates.

6. — represents nil or negligible.

Source:

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System quarterly 100 per cent. and taken in May 2001 and May 2005.

Number of housing benefit and council tax benefit recipients in Great Britain by tenure: May 2009

Total HB

Social rented

Private rented

Other

Council tax benefit

2009

4,412,990

3,186,400

1,221,420

5,170

5,444,060

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 ten. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

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

4. Housing Benefit figures exclude any Extended Payment cases.

5. Council Tax Benefit figures exclude Second Adult Rebates.

Source:

Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE) taken in May 2009.

Expenditure on housing benefit by tenancy type, and council tax benefit, cash terms

£ millions

2001-02

2005-06

2009-10 forecast

Local authority

5,282

5,263

5,816

Registered social landlord

3,486

4,959

7,588

Private renter

2,827

3,723

6,248

Total housing benefit

11,596

13,945

19,652

Council tax benefit

2,686

3,774

4,648

Expenditure on housing benefit, split by tenancy type, and council tax benefit real terms, 2009-10 prices£ millions2001-022005-062009-10 forecastLocal authority6,4245,7535,816Registered social landlord4,2395,4217,588Private renter3,4384,0706,248Total housing benefit14,10115,24519,652Council tax benefit3,2664,1264,648 Notes:1. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit expenditure are only available for full financial years.2. Figures for 2009-10 are Budget 2009 forecasts.3. Figures include all expenditure, whether funded by central or local government. Housing Benefit expenditure includes Discretionary Housing Payments.4. Updated forecasts, and actual expenditure for 2008-09 will be published following the 2009 pre-Budget report.5. Real terms figures are in 2009-10 prices, and derived using the Budget 2009 GDP deflator.6. Historic and forecast expenditure for housing benefit and council tax benefit can be found on the internet at:http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/medium_term.aspSource: Local Authority Subsidy returns and Budget 2009 forecasts.