Work and Pensions
Tom Greatrex (Rutherglen and Hamilton West, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number of tenants in each type of tenancy tenure who are under-occupying their property in (a) South Lanarkshire and (b) Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency; and how many of these are in receipt of (i) housing benefit and (ii) local housing allowance.
Steve Webb (Minister of State (Pensions), Work and Pensions; Thornbury and Yate, Liberal Democrat)
The information is not available at a parliamentary constituency level. Data on the actual size of property occupied by social sector tenants is not yet collected as part of DWP administration and the data collected for private sector tenants is not of sufficient quality to undertake detailed analysis of the accommodation they occupy. This is because this information is not required for the housing benefit calculation. Existing survey data does not permit large enough sample sizes for detailed analysis.