Housing Benefit: Argyll and Bute

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Alan Reid Alan Reid Liberal Democrat, Argyll and Bute

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer on 8 November 2010, Official Report, column 176W, on housing benefit: Argyll and Bute, how many households in Argyll and Bute Broad Rental Market Area in each bedroom entitlement category received local housing allowance which was greater than the 30th percentile rate; and for these households what the average amount was by which the allowance exceeded the 30th percentile rate in each bedroom entitlement category for the latest period for which figures are available.

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

The Department published on 23 July a document on "Impacts of Housing Benefit proposals: Changes to the Local Housing Allowance to be introduced in 2011-12".

Tables 18 and 19 contain estimates, at the local authority level, of the impact of the proposed measure to set the local housing allowance rate at the 30th percentile of rents. Based on these tables in Argyll and Bute an estimated

870 households entitled to the one-bedroom rate exceed the 30th percentile by £9 per week on average;

250 households entitled to the two-bedroom rate exceed the 30th percentile by £9 per week on average;

90 households entitled to the three-bedroom rate exceed the 30th percentile by £10 per week on average;

Fewer than 10 households in the remaining bedroom categories exceed the 30th percentile.

A copy of the document has been placed in the Library.

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