Housing Benefit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit claims were subject to each rate of non-dependant deduction in 2004-05; how many claimants at each rate lived in (a) council housing, (b) registered social landlord housing and (c) the private rented sector; and what percentage of total housing benefit claims each group represents.

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

Information on non-dependants is only available from the annual 1 per cent. sample, the latest being at May 2004. At present it is not possible to use the May 2004 data as an anomaly has been identified which requires further investigation before they can be used with confidence. The most recent information, as at May 2003, is in the following tables.

All housing benefit recipients
Caseload Percentage( 1)
Total with non-dependants (2)270,000 7.1
Of which:
Attracting deductions for non-dependants 128,000 3.4
Non-dependants:
Total (3)304,000 8.0
Attracting deductions 136,000 3.6
Status of non-dependants:
In remunerative work 59,000 1.5
Of which:
Gross income < £92 6,000 0.2
Gross income £92-£136.99 8,000 0.2
Gross income £137-£176.99 12,000 0.3
Gross income £177-£234.99 10,000 0.3
Gross income £235-£292.99 6,000 0.2
Gross income £293 and over 16,000 0.4
Not receiving income support (IS)/income-based jobseeker's allowance (JSA(IB)) nor working 28,000 0.7
Receiving IS/JSA(IB), not in work 49,000 1.3
On Government training allowance, not in work (4) (4)
Unknown (4) (4)
Local authority tenants
Caseload Percentage( 1)
Total with non-dependants (2)158,000 4.2
Of which:
Attracting deductions for non-dependants 77,000 2.0
Non-dependants:
Total (3)176,000 4.6
Attracting deductions 81,000 2.1
Status of non-dependants:
In remunerative work 33,000 0.9
Of which:
Gross income <£92 4,000 0.1
Gross income £92-£136.99 4,000 0.1
Gross income £137-£176.99 6,000 0.2
Gross income £177-£234.99 6,000 0.2
Gross income £35-£292.99 4,000 0.1
Gross income £93 and over 8,000 0.2
Not receiving IS/JSA(IB) nor working 18,000 0.5
Receiving IS/JSA(IB), not in work 31,000 0.8
On Government training allowance, not in work (4) (4)
Unknown (4) (4)
Registered social landlord tenants
Caseload Percentage( 1)
Total with non-dependants (2)80,000 2.1
Of which:
Attracting deductions for non-dependants 36,000 1.0
Non-dependants:
Total (3)92,000 2.4
Attracting deductions 39,000 1.0
Status of non-dependants:
In remunerative work 19,000 0.5
Of which:
Gross income <£92 *1,000 (4)
Gross income £92-£136.99 3,000 0.1
Gross income £137-£176.99 4,000 0.1
Gross income £177-£234.99 3,000 0.1
Gross income £235-£292.99 *1,000 (4)
Gross income £293 and over 6,000 0.1
Not receiving IS/JSA(IB) nor working 6,000 0.2
Receiving IS/JSA(IB), not in work 14,000 0.4
On Government training allowance, not in work (4) (4)
Unknown (4) (4)
Private tenants
Caseload Percentage( 1)
Total with non-dependants (2)32,000 0.9
Of which:
Attracting deductions for non-dependants 15,000 0.4
Non-dependants:
Total (3)36,000 0.9
Attracting deductions 16,000 0.4
Status of non-dependants:
In remunerative work 7,000 0.2
Of which:
Gross income <£92 *1,000 (4)
Gross income £92-£136.99 *1,000 (4)
Gross income £137-£176.99 *2,000 (4)
Gross income £177-£234.99 *1,000 (4)
Gross income £235-£292.99 *1,000 (4)
Gross income £293 and over *2,000 0.1
Not receiving IS/JSA(IB) nor working 4,000 0.1
Receiving IS/JSA(IB), not in work 4,000 0.1
On Government training allowance, not in work (4) (4)
Unknown (4) (4)
(1 )Figures are given as a percentage of the total HB caseload which is 3,796,000 at May 2003.

(2) This figure is the number of housing benefit recipients with at least one non-dependant.

(3 )This figure is the total number of non-dependants.

(4 )Nil or negligible.

Notes:

1. The figures are based on a 1 per cent. sample and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation.

2. The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.

3. The caseloads are rounded to the nearest thousand and percentages to one decimal place.

4. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases.

5. Figures under 2,500 marked "*" are subject to a high degree of sampling variation and should be used only as a guide to the situation.

Source:

Housing benefit and council tax benefit Management Information System, Annual 1 per cent sample, taken in May 2003.

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