Housing Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Love Andrew Love Labour, Edmonton

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what spending was on housing benefit and related benefits in each of the last 20 years, broken down by (a) type of tenancy and (b) category of housing provision.

Photo of James Purnell James Purnell Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The available information is in the following tables.

Housing benefit expenditure by tenure and provision. Great Britain
Nominal out - turn : £ million
Rent rebate Rent allowance
Local authority Registered social landlords Private rented sector Total rent allowance Minor housing benefits Total housing benefit
1987-88 2,506 n/a n/a 1,030 0 3,536
1988-89 2,653 n/a n/a 1,071 34 3,757
1989-90 2,867 n/a n/a 1,365 26 4,258
1990-91 3,329 n/a n/a 1,767 11 5,106
1991-92 3,945 n/a n/a 2,413 4 6,363
1992-93 4,566 676 2,570 3,246 2 7,814
1993-94 5,028 974 3,214 4,189 1 9,218
1994-95 5,228 1,309 3,567 4,875 1 10,104
1995-96 5,430 1,640 3,804 5,445 2 10,876
1996-97 5,569 1,991 3,820 5,810 0 11,380
1997-98 5,498 2,242 3,437 5,679 0 11,177
1998-99 5,405 2,480 3,180 5,660 1 11,065
1999-2000 5,345 2,753 2,966 5,719 0 11,064
2000-01 5,258 3,053 2,851 5,904 0 11,162
2001-02 5,282 3,482 2,824 6,306 0 11,589
2002-03 5,405 4,199 3,032 7,231 0 12,637
2003-04 5,027 4,291 3,023 7,314 0 12,342
2004-05 5,200 4,603 3,354 7,957 0 13,158
2005-06 5,263 4,950 3,716 8,666 0 13,928
2006-07 5,368 5,328 4,144 9,472 0 14,840
Housing benefit expenditure by tenure and provision. Great Britain
Real terms 2008-09 prices: £ million
Rent rebate Rent allowance
Local authority Registered social landlords Private rented sector Total rent allowance Minor housing benefits Total housing benefit
1987-88 5,128 n/a n/a 2,108 0 7,236
1988-89 5,074 n/a n/a 2,048 65 7,187
1989-90 5,117 n/a n/a 2,437 46 7,600
1990-91 5,508 n/a n/a 2,924 18 8,450
1991-92 6,154 n/a n/a 3,765 7 9,925
1992-93 6,899 1,022 3,883 4,904 3 11,807
1993-94 7,405 1,434 4,734 6,168 2 13,575
1994-95 7,584 1,898 5,174 7,072 1 14,657
1995-96 7,645 2,309 5,356 7,666 2 15,313
1996-97 7,586 2,711 5,202 7,914 0 15,499
1997-98 7,275 2,967 4,548 7,515 0 14,790
1998-99 6,976 3,201 4,104 7,305 1 14,281
1999-2000 6,762 3,483 3,753 7,236 0 13,997
2000-01 6,559 3,808 3,556 7,364 0 13,923
2001-02 6,435 4,242 3,440 7,682 0 14,117
2002-03 6,385 4,960 3,581 8,541 0 14,926
2003-04 5,771 4,926 3,470 8,396 0 14,167
2004-05 5,809 5,142 3,747 8,889 0 14,698
2005-06 5,757 5,415 4,065 9,480 0 15,237
2006-07 5,709 5,666 4,407 10,073 0 15,782
Notes:

1. Information sourced from local authority claims for housing revenue account subsidy and housing benefit subsidy.

2. Figures to 2005-06 are taken from the final audited subsidy claims submitted to the Department by each local authority.

3. Figures for 2006-07 are not yet audited, and represent provisional out-turn for the year.

4. Figures exclude Asylum Seekers from April 1999, since when the National Asylum Support Service has reimbursed DWP for benefits paid to asylum seekers.

5. From 2004-05 rent rebate expenditure responsibility transferred to DWP.

6. 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. This breakdown is only available from 1992-93.

7. Expenditure on minor housing benefits reflects transitional spending following the reform of housing benefit in 1988. It is not possible to identify the tenure of minor housing benefits so these are shown separately.

8. 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.

9. Figures reflect the latest benefit-by-benefit estimate of out-turn, and not the amounts voted by Parliament.

10. 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.

11. Figures for past years may have changed since previous publication due to changes in methodology and the incorporation of more up-to-date information.

12.Totals may not sum due to rounding.

13. Real terms have been calculated using Gross Domestic Product deflators updated after the 2008 Budget report on 12 March 2008.

Source:

DWP expenditure tables

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