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 what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse in additional housing benefit payments which would arise from each £1 increase in council and registered social landlord rents.

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

The increased yearly cost in additional housing benefit payments for each £1 increase in council and registered social landlord rents is estimated to be around £165 million.

Notes:

1. The estimated cost is rounded to the nearest £5 million.

2. The estimated cost is based on a £1 increase in weekly rent.

3. The estimated cost does not include floaters-on as a result of a £1 increase in rent.

Source: Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. caseload stock-count taken in February 2007.

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