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Private Rented Housing: Greater London

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of private sector tenants in each London borough who have needed to change accommodation as a result of changes to their housing benefit allowance in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

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

While we cannot provide estimates at this early stage, or predict the behavioural impact of the reforms, it is likely that only a few people will have needed to move. We are giving existing claimants up to nine months transitional protection from the anniversary date of the claim so many will not start to see a change in the local housing allowance rate until January 2012.

We have provided an indication of the average weekly losses in benefit and percentages of the caseload affected in each local authority in the impact assessment published on 30 November 2010 available on the Department for Work and Pensions website at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/lha-impact-nov10.pdf

We have also commissioned a consortium of leading research organisations to evaluate the effects of recent local housing allowance changes. They are undertaking an independent review which will run for two years.

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