Housing Benefit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14th May 2008.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much in housing benefit has been paid to tenants of (a) housing associations and (b) local authorities and local authority arms length management organisations since 1997; and what estimate he has made of the effect on the level of payments in each of those years of tenants transferring from council management to registered social landlords as part of stock transfers.

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

The available information for local authorities and registered social landlords is in the table.

Information is not available separately for arms length management organisations.

We have not made an estimate of the cost to public funds of paying the housing benefit of tenants transferred from council tenancies to registered social landlords since 1997. To determine such a figure would require detailed assumptions about the rents each authority might theoretically have charged had it retained the stock. However, the potential impact on housing benefit where stock is transferred to registered social landlords is considered as part of the overall value-for-money assessment of transfers.

Housing benefit paid to tenants of local authorities and registered social landlords (RSL)
£ million
1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02
Local authority expenditure 5,498 5,405 5,345 5,258 5,282
RSL expenditure 2,242 2,480 2,753 3,053 3,482
Housing benefit paid to tenants of local authorities and registered social landlords (RSL)
£ million
2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 20005-06 20006-07
Local authority expenditure 5,405 5,027 5,200 5,263 5,368
RSL expenditure 4,199 4,291 4,603 4,950 5,328
Notes: 1. The figures are nominal costs for the whole of Great Britain. 2. The figures are total amounts paid to beneficiaries, irrespective of the source of funding, and include benefit spending reimbursed by DWP, spending on rent rebates financed within local authorities' housing revenue accounts, and benefit spending financed from local authorities' general funds. 3 The figures reflect the latest benefit-by-benefit estimate of out-turn, and not the amounts voted by Parliament. 4. Figures for 1999-2000 onwards are on a resource accounting and budgeting basis. There may be differences between figures quoted in these tables and those quoted in Department for Work and Pensions accounts. 5. Figures for past years may have changed since previous publication due to changes in methodology and the incorporation of more up-to-date information. 6. Figures exclude asylum seekers from April 1999, since when the National Asylum Support Service has reimbursed DWP for benefits paid to asylum seekers. 7. Separation of rent allowance into private rental sector and registered social landlord elements is an estimate derived from the quarterly administrative data on caseloads and average awards, and the figures should therefore be treated as indicative.

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