House of Lords written question – answered on 15th March 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Lister of Burtersett Baroness Lister of Burtersett Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government in how many heterosexual couple households in receipt of housing benefit the benefit is paid to one person rather than jointly; and in how many of those cases payment is made to the woman.

Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The information requested is not available. The department does not routinely record the sexual orientation of benefit claimants. For benefit units (households) consisting of a couple, the datasets available for analysis do not hold information on whether housing benefit is paid into the claimant's own bank or building society account or into a joint account.

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