Social Security Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14th January 2010.

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Photo of Martin Horwood Martin Horwood Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2009, Official Report, column 786W, on social security benefits, how many of the households cited in the answer are in (a) socially-rented, (b) privately-owned and (c) privately-rented housing.

Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

Of the 4 million households in England where all of the benefit units were in receipt of at least one of income support, council tax benefit, housing benefit, jobseeker's allowance, or pension credit:

2.2 million live in socially rented housing;

1.1 million live in housing they own themselves or are purchasing with a mortgage; and

0.7 million live in privately rented housing.


Family Resources Survey 2007/08. This survey is known to under-record benefit receipt so the estimate presented here should be treated with caution. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 0.1 million.

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