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Housing Benefit

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

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Photo of Stephen Gilbert Stephen Gilbert Liberal Democrat, St Austell and Newquay

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of fathers aged (a) 16 to 24 and (b) 25 to 34 who will be affected by the extension of the shared accommodation rate of local housing allowance.

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

The shared accommodation rate already applies to single people under 25, so no fathers aged 16 to 24 will be affected by the change in the age threshold.

It is estimated that around 10,000 of the people affected by the extension of the shared accommodation rate are non-resident parents who have some contact, although not necessarily overnight contact, with children who live elsewhere.

All of these are aged 25 to 34, and most are fathers. This excludes parents who do not currently have any contact with their children.


DWP analysis of Single Housing Benefit Extract, 2008/09 Family Resources Survey and 2008 Families and Children Survey. This estimate is based on a small number of sample survey cases and is subject to a large degree of uncertainty.

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