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Housing Benefit: Wales

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

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Photo of Jessica Morden Jessica Morden Labour, Newport East

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how many recipients of local housing allowance (LHA) in Wales the level of payment will change if (a) LHA rates are set at the 30th percentile of local market rents and (b) LHA levels are restricted to the four bedroom rate; and what proportion of those affected will be women.

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

Estimates of the numbers affected in Wales by the local housing allowance (LHA) changes are published on the Department for Work and Pensions website:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/impacts-of-hb-proposals.pdf

(Table 16 shows the impact of setting LHA rates at the 30th percentile, and Table 20 shows the impact of restricting LHA levels).

Estimates of the proportion of those affected in Wales who are women are not available. The published Equality Impact Assessment for the measures shows the estimated proportions affected by gender for Great Britain. This is available at:

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

(Annex E, Table 25 shows the impact of setting LHA rates at the 30th percentile, and Annex D, Table 20 shows the impact of restricting LHA levels).

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