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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 percentage of housing benefit claimants rent from the private sector in each of the housing benefit Pathfinder areas.

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

The information is in the table.

Housing benefit private tenants(7) by Pathfinder—February 2005

Local authority

All private(7) tenants

Percentage of total housing benefit recipients that are private(7) tenants
Blackpool 9,100 62.1
Brighton and Hove 9,900 42.7
Conwy 2,700 39.9
Coventry 5,300 24.2
Edinburgh 7,300 21.5
Leeds 7,500 13.9
Lewisham 5,200 18.2
North East Lincoln 4,900 40.1
Teignbridge 2,500 44.3

(7)Excluding registered social landlords.


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

2. The caseloads are rounded to the nearest hundred and percentages are given to one decimal place.

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

4. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases.


Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. caseload stock-count taken in February 2005.

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