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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 how many housing benefit recipients in the pathfinder areas have built up rent arrears of eight weeks or more following the introduction of direct payment; in which pathfinder areas they are located; and what the total amount of arrears is in each pathfinder since the introduction of the local housing allowance.

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

The information is not available for housing benefit. The available information for the local housing allowance is in the table.

Local housing allowance recipients in the pathfinder areas who built up rent arrears of eight weeks or more, February 2005


Number of

LHA claimants

Number of

LHA claimants

with 8 weeks or

more rent arrears

Proportion of

LHA claimants

with 8 weeks or

more rent arrears (%)

Blackpool 8,140 630 8
Brighton and Hove 8,210 200 2
Conwy 1,990 30 2
Coventry 3,600 100 3
Edinburgh 5,940 50 1
Leeds 5,900 280 5
Lewisham 3,670 190 5
North East Lincolnshire 4,220 110 3
Teignbridge 1,870 30 1
All pathfinders 4,540 1,620 4


1. There are differences between local authorities in classifying rent arrears. Therefore, the data reported may be over or underestimate of the actual situation.

2. The reported percentages in pathfinder areas vary between 1 per cent. and 8 per cent. and the average may be over or under estimated.

3. The data reported is a snapshot (mid February 2005) and not a full count of a quarter.


DWP administrative data for Pathfinder areas. February 2005.

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