To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact which the transfer of the SK13 postcode area to the North East Greater Manchester locality of the rent service will have on the level of housing benefit paid to people on income support in Glossop.
Housing benefit customers in the SK13 area may be affected by the review of localities when their annual referral to the rent officer is made. This process occurs gradually over the course of a year, depending on when the customer made their original claim for housing benefit. Only those customers who have been in receipt of housing benefit for a continuous period of 52 weeks or more, and who made a claim prior to the introduction of the new locality, will be affected.
The Department for Work and Pensions estimates that (providing there is no change in a customer's circumstances), in the post area of SK13, around 1 per cent. of customers would experience an increase in their benefit entitlement, around 81 per cent. a reduced entitlement and around 18 per cent. would experience no change as a result of the new locality. However, the actual impact is dependent on whether customers break their claim, move into work or move onto the local housing allowance.
As of October 2007 (latest available data), 189 customers in Glossop were on housing benefit and claiming income support. It is not possible to assess the impact of the locality review on this specific group as this information is not held at this level of detail.