Housing Benefit

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

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Labour, Birkenhead

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average housing benefit payment for a (a) single pensioner, (b) married pensioner, (c) single person under pensionable age, (d) married couple under pensionable age and (e) married couple with children was in (i) 1997 and (ii) at the latest available date.

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

The available information is in the following table.

Average weekly amounts of housing benefit: (£ per week)
As at May each year: Those aged 60 or over with no partner Those aged 60 or over with a partner Those aged under 60 with no partner Those aged under 60 with a partner Those with a partner and children
1997 36.94 34.44 47.81 46.21 47.66
2003 49.09 48.58 60.25 63.95 70.07

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

2. Housing benefit cases exclude extended payment cases.

3. Average amounts are shown to the nearest penny.

4. Pensioner figures refer to cases where the claimant and/or partner are aged 60 or over.

5. Figures for those under 60 refer to cases where both claimant and partner are under 60.


Housing benefit and council tax benefit management information system, annual 1 per cent. sample, taken in May 2003.

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