Housing Benefit

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

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of housing benefit that was (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid due to the incorrect application of non-dependant deductions in the latest period for which figures are available.

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

The housing benefit review survey estimates that in 2005-06 the proportion of housing benefit expenditure overpaid due to incorrect or missing non-dependant deductions was 0.3 per cent. The equivalent figure for underpaid housing benefit expenditure was 0.1 per cent.

The underpayment estimate only covers recipients who were getting less than they were entitled to, and does not include those who were entitled to benefits but did not apply.

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