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Housing Benefit: Scotland

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Fife and (b) Scotland receive local housing allowance. (322401)

The available information is in the table.

Housing benefit recipients—local housing allowance tenants: Great Britain November 2009

Number

Scotland

52,590

Fife local authority

3,470

Notes:

1. Recipients are as at second Thursday of the month.

2. Local housing allowance tenants may include a small number of non-LHA cases making a new claim since 7 April 2008. This will include recipients in caravan accommodation.

3. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

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

5. SHBE is a monthly electronic scan of claimant level data direct from local authority computer systems. It replaces quarterly aggregate clerical returns. The data are available monthly from November 2008 and November 2009 and are the most recent available.

6. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases. An extended payment is a payment that may be received for a further four weeks when they start working full-time, work more hours or earn more money.

7. Data from SHBE incorporate the local authority changes from 1 April 2009.

Source:

Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE)