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Housing Allowance/Benefit

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

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Photo of Jim Cousins Jim Cousins Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list flat rate housing allowances in each of the allowance pilot areas; what uprating methods are used for each allowance; and how many claimants of each flat rate allowance there are in each pilot area.

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

Local housing allowance rates are set according to broad rental market areas and the number of rooms a claimant is eligible to have under the size criteria.

Local housing allowance rates are reviewed monthly by The Rent Service and the amount of local housing allowance payable is the rate that applies at the date of claim for benefit. Local housing allowance is awarded for one year unless a relevant change of circumstances occurs and triggers an earlier review.

The information is in the tables.

Local housing allowance (LHA) rate in Pathfinder areas, by broad market rental area (BRMA) and by type of LHA—June 2005 -- £ per week
Pathfinder area—BRMA Shared room rate 2 rooms 3 rooms 4 rooms 5 rooms 6 rooms
Blackpool—Fylde 50 77.5 102.5 110 127.5 149
Brighton and Hove 70 130 171 208 237 276
Conwy—North coast 42.5 69 87 98 109 126
Conwy—North rural 40 63 74 82 85 107
Conwy—Menai 42.5 68 85 101 109 115
Coventry 50 92 107 110 121 139
Edinburgh—North 62 104 130 159 194 231
Edinburgh—East 62 101 130 159 200 237
Edinburgh—Central 69 115 147 190 248 306
Edinburgh—South 62 104 133 161 202 237
Leeds 50 83.5 101 113 123.5 137.5
Lewisham—LSE Central 78 155 208 235 280 355
Lewisham—LSE Inner 85 195 235 295 360 425
NE Lincolnshire 43.5 62.5 80 87.5 90 97.5
Teignbridge—Teign 61 87 113 131 150 160
Teignbridge—Exeter 60 101 127 148 165 205
Teignbridge—Tiverton and Crediton 58 84 107 127 149 163
Teignbridge—Torbay 63 95 120 136 150 165
Teignbridge—South Devon 59 93 118 133 153 162
Teignbridge—Plymouth Environs 58 89 104 121 133 153

Source:

Data provided by The Rent Service, June 2005.

Number of claimants by local housing allowance type in each pathfinder area—November 2004
Shared room rate 2 rooms 3 rooms 4 rooms 5 rooms 6 plus rooms All
Blackpool 690 3,740 1,790 400 500 210 7,320
Brighton and Hove 1,580 3,690 1,760 340 220 110 7,690
Conwy 170 880 400 80 90 40 1,660
Coventry 410 970 860 180 280 120 2,830
Edinburgh 870 2,110 1,800 330 300 130 5,520
Leeds 980 1,660 1,140 240 350 200 4,570
Lewisham 1,010 1,070 760 190 210 90 3,340
North East Lincolnshire 330 1,400 1,350 330 380 140 3,940
Teignbridge 140 660 420 110 90 (6) 1,440
All 6,170 16,180 10,270 2,200 2,430 1,060 38,300

(6)Nil or negligible.

Note:

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 and may not sum due to rounding.

Source:

DWP administrative data for Pathfinder data November 2004.

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