Housing Benefit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed housing benefit (a) in each of the last five years and (b) in each month of the last two years.

Photo of Kitty Ussher Kitty Ussher Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

Figures for numbers of claimants are not available. Figures for the number of recipients are available and can be supplied only on a quarterly basis.

The available information is in the tables.

Number of recipients of housing benefit in Great Britain 2003-07
Number
2003 3,813,560
2004 3,943,590
2005 3,981,020
2006 4,024,280
2007 4,040,940
Notes:

1. Figures for any non-responding local authorities have been estimated.

2. The data refer to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.

3. The figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. taken in August 2003 to August 2007.

Number of recipients of housing benefit in Great Britain in 2006-07
Number
February 2006 3,998,430
May 2006 3,990,030
August 2006 4,024,280
November 2006 4,028,760
February 2007 4,039,750
May 2007 4,031,810
August 2007 4,040,940
Notes:

1. Figures for any non-responding local authorities have been estimated.

2. The data refer to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.

3. The figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. taken in February 2006 to August 2007.

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