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Housing Allowance/Benefit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Paul Goodman Paul Goodman (Also PPS To the Chairman of the Party), Work & Pensions & Welfare Reform

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of benefit claimants who have (a) lost and (b) gained as a result of the introduction of the local housing allowance, broken down by Pathfinder area; and how much on average such claimants have (i) lost and (ii) gained, broken down by Pathfinder area.

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

There are no losers on the Local Housing Allowance in the Pathfinder areas. Claimants who would have been financially worse off under the Local Housing Allowance compared to the old housing benefit system are transitionally protected.

Information on those who are financially better off under the Local Housing Allowance compared to under the old housing benefit system is currently not available.

The Department has commissioned a comprehensive, independent evaluation of the Local Housing Allowance Pathfinders. This will provide information on the impact of the Local Housing Allowance, including information about gainers. The first interim findings of the evaluation are being published over the summer and the results of the final evaluation will be published at the end of next year.

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