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Housing Benefit

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenditure her Department has incurred on the local housing allowance scheme since it was introduced. (316798)

The available information is in the table.

Local housing allowance expenditure

In cash terms (£ million)

2004-05

199

2005-06

332

2006-07

379

2007-08

422

2008-09

1,863

Source:

Local authority subsidy claims.

In 2004-05 nine Pathfinder local authorities piloted the local housing allowance. In 2005 the pilot was extended to 18 local authorities.

From April 2008 the local housing allowance was used by all 408 local authorities for new claims from renters in the deregulated private sector, replacing the Local Reference Rent scheme.

The Department also provided around £9 million of funding to the Pathfinder local authorities, and £59 million to fund the administrative costs of national implementation.