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Housing Benefit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Conservative, Bury St Edmunds

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of likely claimant (a) on-flow and (b) off-flow rates for housing benefit in each year to 2019-20.

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

The requested information is not available.

Experimental official statistics on housing benefit flows from November 2008 to November 2010 are available, and are published at the bottom of the following link:

The latest published forecast of the total housing benefit caseload to 2015-16 is provided in the following table.

Housing benefit caseload ( Thousand )
2010-11 4,785
2011-12 4,834
2012-13 4,779
2013-14 4,650
2014-15 4,538
2015-16 4,464
Source: Budget 2011 forecasts, available at:

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