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Social Security Benefits

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2009, Official Report, column 786W, on social security benefits, how many of the households cited in the answer are in (a) socially-rented, (b) privately-owned and (c) privately-rented housing. (308810)

Of the 4 million households in England where all of the benefit units were in receipt of at least one of income support, council tax benefit, housing benefit, jobseeker’s allowance, or pension credit:

2.2 million live in socially rented housing;

1.1 million live in housing they own themselves or are purchasing with a mortgage; and

0.7 million live in privately rented housing.


Family Resources Survey 2007/08. This survey is known to under-record benefit receipt so the estimate presented here should be treated with caution. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 0.1 million.