Housing Benefit: Sunderland

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd July 2010.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of housing benefit in (a) Sunderland and (b) Houghton and Sunderland South constituency; and how many are (i) not of working age, (ii) in work and (iii) not in work.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The available information is in the table. Information on whether a claimant of housing benefit is in employment or not in employment is not available.

Housing benefit (HB) claimants in Sunderland city council area by under 65/65 and over: as at April 2010
All HB claimants 31,210
Claimants under 65 21,030
Claimants 65 and over 10,180

1. Recipients are as at second Thursday of the month.

2. Data are rounded to the nearest 10. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

3. April 2010 represents the latest data held.

4. Age groups are based on the age on the count date (second Thursday in the month), of either: (a) the recipient if they are single, or (b) the elder of the recipient or partner if claiming as a couple.


Single Housing Benefit Extract 100% individual level data (SHBE).

The information is not available at the constituency level.

The available information on Housing Benefit recipients is published at:


An exercise is being undertaken to add other geographical areas to the housing benefit data: this will include parliamentary constituencies. It is hoped this exercise will be completed by early 2011.

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