Housing Benefit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average housing benefit payment in each London borough has been in each of the past five years.

Photo of James Plaskitt James Plaskitt Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

The information is in the following table:

Average weekly amount of housing benefit in London by local authority: November 2000 to 2004
£
November
Local authority 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Barking 53.29 55.94 58.73 64.26 70.29
Barnet 80.93 85.58 93.04 101.49 112.09
Bexley 64.73 68.29 73.16 74.92 82.13
Brent 86.20 92.40 103.40 103.83 113.25
Bromley 68.23 70.94 78.23 79.63 83.98
Camden 73.83 77.81 88.48 85.19 92.05
City of London 66.54 67.44 78.53 73.15 79.44
Croydon 71.02 75.37 82.50 84.97 91.67
Ealing 73.98 78.74 86.20 93.65 103.31
Enfield 73.35 82.99 97.97 99.92 108.85
Greenwich 57.96 60.87 63.96 66.12 70.33
Hackney 65.98 71.00 79.71 75.88 87.02
Hammersmith and Fulham 67.82 74.11 81.92 82.66 90.40
Haringey 77.97 84.23 93.73 99.23 108.51
Harrow 82.15 92.28 105.66 109.49 117.34
Havering 54.44 58.25 61.02 60.68 67.11
Hillingdon 72.21 77.60 83.41 94.76 98.98
Hounslow 62.44 65.13 71.93 78.21 84.20
Islington 62.31 66.45 71.52 73.61 80.54
Kensington and Chelsea 79.88 83.02 95.50 91.36 104.41
Kingston upon Thames 73.46 78.94 87.17 91.04 97.08
Lambeth 62.00 65.68 74.60 74.53 82.67
Lewisham 57.98 62.16 67.38 67.41 69.55
Merton 63.75 67.30 72.54 76.14 83.13
Newham 68.88 74.82 87.34 96.18 109.20
Redbridge 86.37 90.67 98.13 104.82 119.18
Richmond upon Thames 70.03 74.11 82.46 86.28 91.96
Southwark 57.79 60.83 67.88 68.29 73.05
Sutton 61.55 63.36 69.98 72.91 77.92
Tower Hamlets 63.38 68.12 74.82 79.15 87.10
Waltham Forest 65.86 70.28 78.22 78.71 88.53
Wandsworth 72.46 76.70 82.81 86.46 93.41
Westminster 90.78 97.50 114.58 115.51 126.83

Notes:

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

2. The figures are weekly amounts expressed in pounds and have been rounded to the nearest penny.

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

4. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases.

5. From April 2003 support costs were removed from housing benefit eligible rents, resulting in a decrease in the amount of housing benefit awarded. This accounts for the decrease in some of the figures at November 2003.

Source:

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. caseload stock-count taken in November 2000 to 2004.

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